Yunus and IOC President Discuss on Adding Social Dimension to Sports World

Yunus Centre Press Release (23 January, 2017)


The President of International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach  presents a specially autographed Olympic torch from Rio Olympics 2016 to Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus  on January 23, 2017 as a token of thanks for his participation as a torch-bearer in the Rio Olympics last year.

Davos, January 23.

In his final day in Davos, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited to a lunch  by President of International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach to discuss further about collaboration between Yunus Centre and IOC  to mainstream social business within IOC especially focused on athletes particularly retired athletes through sports clubs, sports federations and National Olympic Committees. Mr Bach also invited Yunus as his special guest to the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Korea in February 2018.  He presented an Olympic torch from Rio Olympics of 2016 to Yunus specially autographed by him by way of thanks for Yunus's participation as a torch-bearer in  the Rio Olympics. It may be recalled that during Rio Olympics Yunus addressed all the members of the IOC as the keynote speaker at their annual meeting in Rio in July 2016. He was invited to attend the Olympic Games in Rio as a special guest of the IOC President.

Professor Yunus spoke in three panels during WEF week. He addressed a special session on the Head and Heart of Philanthropy organized by WEF, and a morning session organized by Seneca Women on "Unleashing the Power of Women Entrepreneurs". This was done in an interview format where author and activist Kim Azzarelli interviewed Yunus on the future direction  of women entrepreneurship.  Other speakers at the session were Amb Melanne Verveer, social activist and lawyer Cherie Blair, and Mr. Brian T. Moynihan CEO of Bank of America. Yunus highlighted the experience of Grameen America which will reach in 2017 a total US 1 billion in loans to 100,000 borrowers after mere 10 years of operation. He invited the audience to participate in NY on September 23 to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of Grameen America at Metropolitan Museum of Art, and help set the goal for next ten years. He also addressed a special Tata Communications event dedicated to reaching the bottom three billion especially women through telecommunications and the internet. He drew the attention of the audience about the most frightening trend of wealth concentration where only the eight richest  people have more wealth than bottom fifty percent of people. He urged the audience to mobilise creativity and energy to reverse the process.

Professor Yunus participated in the board meeting of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship which was created by WEF Founder Klaus Schwab and led by his wife Hilde to promote social entrepreneurship. The Foundation gives awards and global prizes in this field every year. Yunus has been a founding member of the board since it was created 15 years ago.

He was invited by WEF to an exclusive lunch attended by 50 specially selected global leaders where important global issues and challenges were discussed. It is attended by several Prime Ministers including those of Norway, Portugal, Ireland and Ethiopia the Managing Directors of IMF, President of ADB, AfDB and IADB, Governor Of Central Bank of Japan, HM King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium and HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. The meeting was opened by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and chaired by WEF Chairman Klaus Schwab.

During the week Yunus  was interviewed by Forbes magazine on their 100th year anniversary. He was also invited by Facebook to make a broadcast via Facebook Live from  WEF 2017 in Davos on the issue of wealth concentration  to his million plus followers on Facebook. He was also interviewed by Hub Culture Davos.

YUNUS MEETS NEW UN SECRETARY GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES

Press Release

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is exchanging greetings with the new UN Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres during the meeting of the UN SDG Advocates in Davos on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. Photo: Yunus Centre

Davos,  January 22.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited to a specially organised  meeting of the UN SDG Advocates in Davos on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum to meet the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

The meeting was attended by the SDG Advocates who were present at the WEF in Davos. They included Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and Ambassador Dho of Korea and Professor Yunus. The Secretary General sought the Advocates advice on the ways in which the  Advocates can promote the goals to help the UN achieve the SDGs by 2030. He wanted their advice on how he as the UN Secretary General can facilitate their work. 

Yunus Joins celebration of 200th year of Presidency University in Kolkata.

Press Release (15 January, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressing the Presidency University Global Education Summit on the occasion of its Bicentennial celebration on 10 January, 2017 in Kolkata, India.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed the Presidency University  Global Education Summit on the occasion of its Bicentennial celebration on 10 January. Later he  was received by the Governor of Bengal at  Rajbhaban and joined him in a dinner. He was accompanied by Professor Anuradha Lohia, the Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University.

Presidency University was born out of Presidency College which initially started as an initiative of a small group of educational activists as Hindu College two hundred years back in 1817. Hindu College was the first institution of  western higher learning in British India. In 2010 Presidency College was upgraded into a university.

Yunus Joins Paris Initiatives : Press Conference of Yunus and Paris Mayor in Davos

Press Release (21 January, 2017)

Paris Mayor Ms Anne Hidalgo and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus met in Davos to discuss and announce their partnership to bring social business to Paris.

Paris Mayor Ms Anne Hidalgo and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed a joint press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to announce the agreement signed between the City of Paris and Yunus Centre to bring social business to the city of Paris to tackle pressing social problems of the city including youth unemployment.

459th Social Business Design Lab Held

Press Release (12 January, 2017)

Online Platform for Grameen Poshra Launched

Investments into six social businesses were announced on Thursday, 12th January, 2017 at the 459th Social Business Design Lab. The New Entrepreneurs, children of Grameen Bank borrowers are seen in the photo with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun /Yunus Centre

The 459th Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 12thJanuary 2017 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium with nearly 150 national and international participants from USA, Austria, Italy, Germany and other countries. The Design Lab was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Special attendees include Mr Steve Hollingworth, CEO and President of Grameen Foundation, USA.

Six new Nobin Udyokta (New Entrepreneur) business plans were presented at today's Lab. All Nobin Udyokta businesses, presented at the Design Lab are the children of Grameen Bank borrowers’ families.

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