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 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.

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.

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 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.

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