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.

Mayor Hidalgo has put the three zeroes defined by Professor Yunus - zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon - as the central themes of Paris's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Professor Yunus and Mayor Hidalgo were joined by CEOs of leading French companies Hotel Accor, Suez, and JCDecaux who are also supporting Paris' bid for the the 2024 summer games.

During the press conference Mayor Hidalgo recommitted to social business as part of the Olympic bid but also the longer term strategy of Paris City.

Professor Yunus said the collaboration between the City of Paris and Yunus Centre is about long-term relationship with Paris to overcome the social problems through social businesses. If Paris is chosen for 2024 Olympic Yunus will participate fully in the Olympic preparations to give highest orientation to all aspects of construction designs and services for Olympic. Yunus social business, however, would continue regardless of the outcome of the city's bid.

This long term relationship will be built on social businesses in the city to tackle problems of the city including youth unemployment, problems of refugees, elderly people, and issues relating to retired athletes and how they can continue to contribute in an effective way to society.

In October 2016, Paris Mayor and Professor Yunus jointly inaugurated Les Canaux a historical building built in the 1800s and in the 19th arrondisement of Paris as a social business house as a hub to bring entrepreneurs to design social business for the city. Yunus Centre has been invited by the Mayor to set up its office in this building.

The City of Paris is also co hosting Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) 2017 with Yunus Centre and Grameen Creative Lab on November 6-7, 2017 in Paris, and has dedicated the town hall and other facilities in the city to be used for various sessions of the Summit.

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 Welcomed by 25,000 tribal children in KISS, Bhubaneswar, India

Press Release (11 January, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressing the disadvantaged tribal children at the Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India  on 9 January, 2017.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus visited the Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India on 9 January, 2017.  KISS is a unique organization in whole of India where 25000 children from disadvantaged tribal communities   from Odisha and neighboring states get modern residential school and college education .They come here as small children at pre-school level and remain here till they get a bachelor degree  with a drop out rare of zero. The institute had a great celebration on the occasion of the visit by Professor Yunus. The big zone of the city which houses the two sister organizations KISS and KIIT ( Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology), comprising of  a famous private university , a medical college and hospital and a renowned international school. took a festive look with big festoons displaying the portrait of Professor Yunus.  He was received by Dr. Achyuta Samanta , the founder of both KISS and KIIT , and was taken to different parts of KIIT with its total of 30, 000 students including 550 foreign students. This is a premier educational facility in the state of Odisha.

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.

Yunus addresses Tata Group CEOs and Top Executives in Bhubaneshwar : What Kind of Future We Want --Yunus

Press Release (10 January, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus  addressing the CEOs and top executives  of some 240 Tata companies who had assembled in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India at the Tata Sustainability Conclave Conference on Future- Proof Business on January 9, 2017.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus  on January 9, 2017 addressed  the CEOs and top executives  of some 240 Tata companies who had assembled in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India at the Tata Sustainability Conclave Conference on Future- Proof Business.

During the speech  Professor Yunus raised the question which future are we talking about? Should  we prepare ourselves to fit ourselves into a future which was created by forces beyond our control, or we purposefully create a future to fit us. The real question is what kind of future we want and how do we create it? 

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