Yunus Addresses European Youth Festival Encouraging Youth to Imagine a World they Want

Press Release (12 June, 2017)

Addressed Top French CEOs at Versailles

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo launched the Sport Social Business Lab on June 7th; 2017.The Sport Social Business Lab is the first incubator for retired sportsmen who have a startup project with a strong social and / or environmental impact. Professor Muhammad Yunus is the Chief Advisor of the incubator. Photo was taken in front of Yunus Centre Paris office at Les Canaux.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed the youths at ‘We Love Green’ festival attended by 27,000 young people on 10th June, 2017. He also participated a question answer session on the specially designed ‘Think Tank Stage’. Besides two large stages for music performance, We Love Green 2017 had a Think Tank Stage which was in the middle of the festival this year, where there were discussions held on the big changes being faced by our society. As its name suggests, the festival is powered with 100% renewable energy, and 100% of their waste is recycled and composted.

The youth engaged with Professor Yunus during the Q/A session at the festival which is co-organized also by the office of City Mayor of Paris. He called on the youth to take the challenge of building the world of their vision with their own hands. This festival puts the emphasis on music and eco-responsibility. It has become an unmissable springtime musical event in Europe. This year, the festival was held in the natural setting of the Bois de Vincennes, located on the eastern edge of Paris. It is the largest public park in the city, sprawling over 14 acres of natural wilderness . It was created between 1855 and 1866 by the Emperor Napoleon III.

During his visit to France, Mayor of Paris, Ms Anne Hidalgo organized a high profile meeting at the magnificent city hall. During the meeting, they reviewed the Olympic Bid of Paris and also about the preparation of Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) which is scheduled to be held in Paris on 6-7 November, 2017. Professor Yunus later attended the final selection event of a very special social business design competition where sportsmen and sportswomen designed social business to come up with solutions for the problems in the sports world. The social business incubator was launched at Les Canaux on June 5, 2017

Later he addressed about 75 top level CEOs of leading French companies in Versailles and presented the vision of three zeroes and how they can get involved, in an event organized by the Boston Consulting Group. 

Professor Yunus also attended the final meeting of the joint venture initiative between Global Agribusiness giant, McCain of Canada and Yunus Social Business.  The social business joint venture will be launched in Casablanca, Morocco in the presence of Professor Yunus on November 2, 2017.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo launched the Sport Social Business Lab on June 7th; 2017.The Sport Social Business Lab is the first incubator for retired sportsmen who have a startup project with a strong social and / or environmental impact. Professor Muhammad Yunus is the Chief Advisor of the incubator. Photo was taken in front of Yunus Centre Paris office at Les Canaux.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is interacting with a section of the youth gathered at European Youth Festival in Paris on June 10, 2017.

Wealth concentration is a ticking time bomb :Yunus warns members of European Parliament

Press Release ( 10 June, 2017)

Queen Mathilde of Belgium Hosts lunch for Yunus  And other SDG Advocates at the Royal  Palace.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with the UN SDG advocates at the European Development days in Brussels including prime minister Erna Solberg of Norway, Her Majesty  Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Alaa Murabit, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nana Akufo-Addo President of Ghana and others.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed over one hundred members of the European Parliament in Brussels, who assembled to hear him and Erna Solberg , Prime Minister of Norway, and two  other speakers invited by the  European Parliament's parliamentary committee   on international development. Yunus told the parliament members that wealth concentration is getting worse every day. That it is no longer a matter of wealth inequality, it has become wealth monopoly.  Unless we redesign the present capitalist system the system will explode. It has become a ticking time bomb. Yunus   was attending the European Development Days conference as a participant in the global debate where there were 120 sessions, 7,000 participants from around the world .  Yunus spoke at five   different official sessions at the event and presented his idea of social business and three zeroes. Speaking at the session on "Nobody should be left behind” he said the present system is built precisely to leave 99 percent of people behind, and keep them behind, and is not capable of doing it other way. He proposed the ways in which the present system can be changed.

Sixteen Thousand New Youth Entrepreneur Funded

Press Release (17 May, 2017)

Six New Business Launched at  583rd Social Business Design Lab

Investments into six New Entrepreneur (NU) projects were announced on at the 583rd Social Business Design Lab Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Entrepreneurs are seen with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the lab. Photo: Nurjahan Chakladar/Yunus Centre

The 583rd  Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 17th May 2017 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium with nearly 150 national and international participants from India, Japan, USA, Brazil and Singapore. The Design Lab was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Six new Nobin Udyokta (or New Entrepreneur) business plans were presented at today's Lab. The business plans included two tailoring shops, two poultry farms, one leather item producing shop and a fancy shop.

G 20 Initiative on Zero Hunger : German Minister Launches 'Berlin Charter" with Yunus

Press Release (30 April 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller are launching the "Berlin Charter" on "One World No Hunger : Future  of the Rural World"  at the conclusion of a conference held in Berlin on April 28-29, 2017. The Charter will be presented at the upcoming G 20 Summit for its adoption as a G 20 strategy document. Photo: Yunus Centre

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus joined German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, in launching the "Berlin Charter" on "One World No Hunger : Future  of the Rural World"  at the conclusion of a conference held in Berlin on April 28-29.  This conference was held at the end of a series of meetings to draft the Berlin Charter which will be presented at the upcoming G 20 Summit for its adoption as a G 20 strategy. Professor Yunus joined the Minister at the press conference to explain the Charter to the press and his future role in implementation of the Charter in African countries. Professor Yunus was a member of the Advisory Committee for drafting the Charter. The Charter, among other things, emphasizes the role of the youth, social business, microfinance, and technology in achieving the goals of zero hunger, zero malnutrition, zero poverty, youth entrepreneurship and employment, women participation, and fair price to the agricultural producers. This Charter was a part of the German Presidency of G20 and focuses on the future of youth in rural areas of Africa.

Yunus presides over AGFUND Advisory Council meeting in Geneva

Press Release (23 April, 2017)

Fourteen new Banks for the Poor to be established in Fourteen West and Central African countries

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus  with Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain at AGFUND's Third Advisory Council Meeting on April 19, 2017

AGFUND's Third Advisory Council Meeting took place on April 19 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. It was presided over by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and attended by international experts in micro-finance, CEOs of AGFUND Banks for the Poor, businessmen and others. The council is meant to advice on strategic planning on development issues. This year, the third annual meeting was held to discuss achievements and future plans.  HM Queen Sofia of Spain attended the meeting as a Special Guest along with Dr. Ahmed Muhammad Ali, the recently retired President of the Islamic Development Bank, together with other board members of AGFUND Prize committee.

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