Yunus Launches Social Business Initiative to Link Sports to Address Social Problems

Press Release (09 December, 2017)

From left Prince Albert of Monaco,  Joel Bouzou, President of the World Olympians Association and President of Peace and Sports Foundation,   Nobel laureate Professor Yunus, and Hans Reitz, co- founder of Grameen Creative Lab based in Germany, celebrating the signing of MOU at the 10th anniversary celebration of Sports and Peace in Monaco on December 7.

Football super star Didier Drogba flanked by Nobel laureate Professor Yunus and Joel Bouzou, president of International Olympian Association at the 10th anniversary celebration of Sports and Peace in Monaco on December 7.

An MOU was signed in Monaco between Yunus Centre, Grameen Creative Lab based in Germany and Sports and Peace foundation, an international organization based in Monaco, to help sports world to address social problems around the world through social business.

The agreement was signed by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, Hans Reitz co-Founder of Grameen Creative Lab, based in Germany and Joel Bouzou, President of the World Olympians Association and President of Peace and Sports Foundation in the presence of HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco at the 10th anniversary of Peace and Sports International Forum in Monaco on December 7.

The agreement will create programs around the world for dialogue and communication with the sports world to encourage and facilitate to get them involved in social businesses to address social problems. The agreement will lead to creation of a global social business fund to support social business investments from sports organizations and sports personalities around the world.

At the gala of 10th Peace and Sports International Forum in Monaco on December 7 Prince Albert II spoke praising the new initiative with the involvement of Nobel laureate professor Yunus and recognizing the work of Professor Yunus in creating Grameen Bank and social business movement around the world.

Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus, who was the chief guest at the event, spoke about how sports and social business can contribute to a world of three zeroes – a world of zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions.

International football superstar Didier Drogba, among several other sports super stars spoke at the event highlighting the role of sports persons and athletes contributing to solving social problems. There was a special ceremony to reward the best sport event, the best social organization, the best CSR activities and the best athlete. The event was attended by global sports and athletic super stars from around the world.

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Yunus Calls on Indian Tribal Youth to Become Entrepreneurs

Press Release (22 November, 2017)

The Indian edition of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus’ new book “A World of Three Zeroes” was launched at Mumbai Lit Fest 2017 on November 18. The book was released by P. Chidambaram, who currently serves as Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and was former Union Minister of Finance of India. The book launch was followed by a panel discussion on sustainability and climate change. Jairam Ramesh, Former Cabinet Minister of Congress, Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman of Brookings Institute in India, Naina Lal Kidwai, former Country Head of HSBC India and Professor Yunus took part in the panel discussion.

Delivers Keynote Speech at Samvaad, Indian Tribal National Congress in Jamshedpur, India

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus said that education system needs to change and encourage entrepreneurship over seeking job offers. He was addressing a house packed with tribal youth from all over India, activists and scholars at an event in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand in India at the concluding day of Samvaad - Tata Steel's signature event to encourage dialogues and discussions on the essence of being tribal. The event was held in Jamshedpur between November 14 to 19. For the first time the conclave had international tribal representatives from Australia, Canada, Kenya to attend the four-day event focused on the aspirations of Tribal youth. They had come from 20 states covering different regions of the North-East of India, Central and Western India.

Yunus Addresses Japan Science Congress

Press Release (27 November, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is giving keynote address at the Japan Science Congress organised by Japan Science Technology Agency (JST). JST is the Japan Government Technology Agency, responsible for guiding and financing the national science and technology programs. Photo: Internet

Nobel Laureate Professor  Muhammad Yunus gave the keynote address at the Japan Science Congress organised by Japan Science Technology  Agency (JST), the government agency for guiding and financing the national science and technology program.  The president of JST Professor Michinari Hamaguchi invited Professor Yunus to give his views on how to strengthen scientific research towards achieving social goals.

In his speech, Professor Yunus asked the scientists to rethink the goal of research in science and technology and also the application of the research output. He emphasised that scientific research must be designed in the light of what would be the ultimate desired shape of human society. Objective of research should be to achieve that goal efficiently and in a smooth way.  He raised the question whether technologies like artificial intelligence fits the desired goal if it initiates the process of massive unemployment. He asked why dont we define the areas in which we should appply artificial intelligence. He suggested an immediate area  where artificial intelligence should be applied. He proposed healthcare, and education as the most most desired areas of its application, definitely not in pushing people out of job.

JST expressed its interest in working jointly with Yunus centre to develop and adapt technologies for social businesses to solve human problems. Follow up meetings will be held soon to  work out the framework this collaboration.

Professor Yunus also discussed collaboration with Business University of Japan, and Telecom Foundation.

He had meetings with potential social business joint venture partners in Japan besides preparing ground for launching Grameen Nippon, the Grameen replication program in Japan similar to Grameen America.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is giving keynote address at the Japan Science Congress organised by Japan Science Technology Agency (JST). JST is the Japan Government Technology Agency, responsible for guiding and financing the national science and technology programs. Photo: Internet

Yunus Draws Attention to Danger of Wealth Concentration to UK Audience

Press Release (16 November, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus delivering a public lecture to a packed audience of 500 students and academics at the Old Theatre of the London School of Economics (LSE) on the theme of three zeroes. Photo Credit: Yunus Centre

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was in the United Kingdom for four days for events organized around his new book "A World of Three Zeroes" which focusses on how we can create a world of zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions.

The first stop of the tour was at the London School of Economics where he was invited by the Director Minouche Shafik to deliver a public lecture on the theme of three zeroes. He addressed an audience of 500 students and academics in the Old Theatre of the LSE, and challenged the youngsters to move away from conventional way of doing things as those created and perpetuated the huge global economic and environmental challenges that the world now faces. He talked about the vision of 'A World of Three Zeroes' and outlined the role that he believes the young have to play in achieving that world. 

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