Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was among the special guests to join President Joachim Gauck of Germany, Former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel Laureate Lech Wałęsa, the President of European Parliament Martin Schulz and Mayor Klaus Wowereit Of Berlin on stage in front of the famous Brandenburg Gate during the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of Wall in Berlin on November 9. They launched the release of white balloons across a 75 miles long path where Berlin wall stood dividing East and West Berlin until Nov 9, 1989. More than 9,000 balloons formed a light installation along line in Berlin where the wall once stood.
Celebrations marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall have concluded with the release of thousands of glowing white balloons into the night sky, fireworks and songs. Some 2 million people gathered in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate for the finale of weekend events marking a quarter of a century since the Fall of the Wall.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was one of the special guests who joined the German President Joachim Gauck, President Mikhail Gorbachev, Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit on stage in front of Brandenburg Gate at 7 pm during the official celebration on November 9 to release the white balloons that marked the starting signal for the release of nine thousand balloons of the light installation along what used to be the Berlin Wall. Others on stage included Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa and Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed 1,200 participants at the World Forum in Lille, Northern France on October 24, 2014 about social business as a powerful tool for social change. During the forum North France was declared as Social Business Region of the country. It would be the first such province in any country.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed 1,200 participants at the World Forum Lille, capital of North France, about social business as a powerful tool for social change. He discussed about his experience in initiating social businesses to tackle the multi -dimensional problems facing the poor people in Bangladesh. The Forum adopted social business as the theme, following the work of Professor Yunus.
Former President Mary Robinson invited Professor Muhammad Yunus to inaugurate the Mary Robinson Centre and deliver the inaugural human rights lecture of the Centre on October 17, 2014 in her home town of Ballina in County Mayo, 234 km west of Dublin. In the photo, Ms Robinson and Professor Muhammad Yunus stand beside the official plaque of the Centre on the house where Ms. Robinson was born and spent her childhood years. This building has now been donated to the City Council of Ballina and converted into a public building. (Photo: L. Morshed/ Yunus Centre)
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited by former President of Ireland and former High Commissioner for Human Rights to inaugurate the Mary Robinson Centre and deliver the inaugural human rights lecture of the Centre on October 17, 2014, in her home town of Ballina, County Mayo, 234 kilometer west of Dublin. President Robinson and Professor Yunus drove together to Ballina and visited the home where President Robinson was born and grew up as a child. This home has been donated by the family to the City Council and converted into Mary Robinson Centre for human rights, equality and climate justice.
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Ms Parveen Mahmud, Managing Director, Grameen Telecom Trust (GTT) signed an MoU with Md.Golam Mostofa, Executive Director, SDRS for the establishment of a solar energy social business. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, chairman GTT is also seen in the picture. Photo: Nasir Ali Mamun/ Yunus Centre
4th Social Business Design Lab took place on 27 October 2014 at the Grameen Bank Bhaban. Hundred and four participants and observers from national and international organizations including Larry Reed CEO of the Microcredit Summit Campaign, Washington DC, a high level team from Medtronics, USA, JICA from Japan, Coders Trust, Denmark and the FAO attended the event. There were also students from Malaysia, Japan, China, Denmark and India at the event. The design lab was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus who opened the lab with a welcome to the audience present and those who participated via live stream from 70 other countries. Professor Yunus updated that a total of 404 social business projects presented in the earlier 34 design labs, have been approved for investment, with most already in operation. At the lab, six new social business plans were presented. Among them were four Nobin Udyokta businesses by young entrepreneurs who are the children of Grameen Bank borrowers. These are Jessore Palli Mela of Mrs Nasima Akter; a social business to sell different textile items, Shameem Doormat Factory by Mr Mohammed Shameem to produce using waste materials from garments factories, Rubel Store by Mohammed Rubel for trading in grocery items and Monir Metal workshop by Monir Hossain Khan.
Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus and German President Joachim Gauck at the 50th anniversary of Robert Bosch Foundation in Berlin on Thursday.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was in Berlin to speak at the 50th anniversary of Robert Bosch Foundation, one of the leading foundations of Germany, on October 16. German President Joachim Gauck, a former East German civil society activist, was the chief guest and key note speaker on the occasion. The theme of the 5th anniversary celebration was Shaping the Future: The Role of Civil Society.
Dr Gerd Mueller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the new Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi also spoke at the two-day conference in Berlin. Bosch Foundation plans to promote social business in its future programmes.