Yunus Center signs MoU with Dr BR Ambedkar University, Andhra Pradesh

Press Release (02 January 2018)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus exchanging the MoU documents for establishment of YSBC with BRAU Vice-Chancellor Koona Ramji in the presence of Minister of Human Resources Development of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao in Guntur, India on December 27, 2017

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dr. BR Ambedkar University (BRAU), located in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh on 27 December, 2017

The MoU was signed during the centenary conference of the Indian Economic Association at Acharya Nagarjuna University. Vice Chancellor of BRAU signed the MoU with Founder of Yunus Social Business Center (YSBC) in the presence of Minister of Human Resources Development in Andhra Pradesh in India, Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao, in the presence of all Vice-Chancellors of sixteen state-run universities of Andhra Pradesh. The minister suggested that all the sixteen universities should gradually establish YSBCs.

After the YSBC of SSM College of Engineering (SSMCE), Tamil Nadu, and YSBC, Chandigarh University, Punjab, BRAU is the third university in India. In all, 44 universities of different countries have signed the MoU for the establishment of YSBC around the world.

BRAU signed the MoU with the YSBC with an aim to achieve zero poverty and sustainable economic growth in rural areas through the university, explained the BRAU Vice-Chancellor to Indian press media. "We will fix a schedule with the Yunus Social Business Center (YSBC) soon and implement programs in our students in a phased manner in rural areas," BRAU Vice-Chancellor Prof Koona Ramji explained.

Muhammad Yunus Attends Centenary Conference of Indian Economic Association (IEA) As Guest of Honour

Press Release (28 December, 2017)

President of India Ram Nath Kovind Inaugurates the Conference

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with the President of India His Excellency Ram Nath Kovind (to his left in the picture lighting the candle and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Chandrababu Naidu (in the picture with white suit). President of Indian Economic Association Dr Sukhadeo Thorat is also seen among others at the inauguration ceremony of the 100th conference of Indian Economic Association (IEA) on December 27, 2017 in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited as Guest of honour at the 100th conference of Indian Economic Association (IEA) on December 27, 2017 in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. He was invited at the historic centenary conference of IEA, which was established in 1917. He will give a special lecture for the economists on December 28.

Deadline Extended till January 3, 2018!

Yayasan Khazanah, in collaboration with Yunus Centre and investee companies, is offering the Khazanah Asia & Global Scholarship to deserving candidates from Bangladesh to pursue their postgraduate education at selected leading universities globally and in Malaysia.

For details and application information, please visit: https://goo.gl/G53CsR

Second Graduation Ceremony of Japan-Automechanic School

Press Release (19 December, 2017)

Sixteen Children of Grameen Borrowers Graduates this Year

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with the graduates of Japan Auto Mechanic School Ltd. at the 2nd Graduation Ceremony on 18th December 2017. Photo: Yunus Centre

The 2nd graduation ceremony of Japan Automechanic School Ltd. took place on December 18th, 2017 with 16 students graduating as automechanics. All graduates are children of Grameen Bank borrowers.  Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus presided over the graduation ceremony. Mr Hirao Tsuneaki, Managing Director of Japan Automechanic Limited (JAL) and others were present at the graduation ceremony.

70 NURSES GRADUATES FROM GRAMEEN CALEDONIAN NURSING COLLEGE

Press Release (17 December, 2017)

336 Children of Grameen Borrowers Pursuing Nursing Degree

Graduating students with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus during the Sixth Graduation Ceremony of Grameen Caledonian Nursing College (GCCN) on Sunday 17th December, 2017. Total 70 students graduated this year from the college who are all children of Grameen Bank members. 

The sixth graduation ceremony Grameen Caledonian Nursing College (GCCN) was held on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at with 70 students graduating nursing diplomas. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus presided over the graduation ceremony. Mr Frank Crossan, Professor, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), Scotland & Consultant, GCCN represented Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University at the graduation ceremony. All the girls are daughters of Grameen Bank families, and have already been hired by top hospitals of Dhaka.

YUNUS URGES FOR BUILDING CIRCULAR ECONOMY AT ONE PLANET SUMMIT

Press Release (14 December, 2017)

More than 50 World Leaders Deliberate on the Second Anniversary of Paris Climate agreement in France at the One Planet Summit

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus spoke at a roundtable discussion titled 'Accelerating local and regional climate action' during the One Planet Summit in Paris hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France. Other distinguished panelists, from left to right, are John Kerry, former Secretary of State of the United States, Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, largest energy company in France, Geraldine Amiel, Paris Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News and moderator of the panel,  and Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez.


Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus urged the global community towards building circular economy as way forward to tackle the climate change challenges at the ‘One Planet Summit’ in France. Professor Yunus made these remarks during the plenary session of the conference which was organized in the second anniversary of the adoption of the historic Paris climate agreement; the President of France Emmanuel Macron hosted a wide array of public and private sector leaders at the “One Planet Summit.”

Leading Swiss Technology University and Yunus Centre to Collaborate

Press Release (13 December, 2017)

Yunus Centre will undertake social businesses as field trials of Innovations

From the left: The President of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne  (EPFL) Professor Martin Vetterrli, Professor Muhammad Yunus, and Professor Marc Gruber, Vice President for Innovation of EPFL and Director of  Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) at the university.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus gave a public lecture in a packed hall at the prestigious Swiss University École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Professor Yunus was at the university for formal launching of the Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) at the university.

EPFL is a university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specializes in natural sciences and engineering funded by federal government. It is widely regarded as a world leading university.

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.

KHAZANAH ASIA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME 2018

Yayasan Khazanah is a foundation established by Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah Nasional) - the investment-holding arm of the Government of Malaysia. In line with Khazanah's commitment to selecting and grooming exceptional Malaysian citizens to take on high-level positions at the national level, Yayasan Khazanah is equally committed to developing leaders from fellow Asian countries.

Yayasan Khazanah, in collaboration with Yunus Centre is offering the Khazanah Asia Scholarship to deserving candidates from Bangladesh to pursue their postgraduate education at selected leading universities globally and in Malaysia.

Deadline: December 25, 2017
Age limit: 35 as of December 25, 2017 (for Masters)

For Details Please Click Here.

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 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 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. 

"Social business is our future, social business is for saving humanity and the planet" - Mayor Ann Hidalgo of Paris

Press Release (11 November 2017)

Official launch of Les Canaux, the social business house, by Mayor Ann Hidalgo of Paris and Professor Yunus this evening. Les Canaux is dedicated to supporting social business in Paris. Nicolas Hulot the Environment Minister of France was chief guest at the event. The inauguration event included a visit and launch of the Yunus Centre office in Les Canaux. Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre

Mayor Ann Hidalgo and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus together officially launched Social Business House Les Canaux on Thursday November 9. The Mayor had announced last year in a press conference held jointly with Prefessor Yunus that the historical building Les Cannaux will be dedicated to become  the  the home of social business and the social economy for Paris.   During the launching ceremony Deputy Prime  Minister of France and Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot was the chief guest. 

A  group of dignatories was given a guided tour of the facilities  of the social business house which has been refurbished over several months. The house, which is located in the 19th district of Paris has been refurbished where all its decor, carpets, furniture and fittings are made from recycled materials notably ocean plastic, waste paper, and waste wood.

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Mayor, the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, the Deputy Mayor of Paris, Professor Yunus and other dignitaries were given a guided tour of  the facilities. They also opened the  newly established Yunus Centre Paris which is located in the building. Mayor Hidalgo had invited Professor Yunus to set up Yunus Centre Paris  in Les Canaux when they first met in July 2016 during the Rio Olympics. That office has now been set up and Yunus Centre Paris is now a registered legal entity in the city.

At the end of the tour, the Mayor and Professor Yunus spoke at the event. Mayor Hidalgo declared that she is committed to social buisness and she wants to make Paris as the social business capital of the world and turn Paris as the social business city .   Mr Hulot, the Deputy Prime Minister in his speech highlighted that  social business and the work that Les Canaux has set for itself is the most powerful way to move forward. The Mayor emphasized  that social business  is the future of the world. It is the future of humanity,  it is the future of  the planet. She said that the present system is not sustainable. Professor Yunus in his remarks said that the social business is like a bug, a friendly bug that infects everyone who comes in.contact with it, because selflessness exists in every human beings. Once a person is introduced to  social business he wants to do more  and more of it.

Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) 2017 Opens In Paris

Press Release (09 November 2017)

Academics to Deliberate on Applications of Social Business in Different Sectors of Societies

Participants of Social Business Academia conference 2017, Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre

As part of the ongoing Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) 2017, two-day Social Business Academia Conference (SBAC) 2017 has started on 8 November in Paris which is being held at International University Campus Paris (Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris). This is the fifth edition of SBAC. Last year, the fourth edition of the conference was held at HEC Paris.

After the welcome speech by Ms. Carine Camby from Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris and introductory words by Ms Lamiya Morshed, Yunus Centre and Hans Reitz, Grameen Creative Lab, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus delivered the keynote speech.

This annual conference has attracted 135 academics from around 15 countries. There were 49 paper submissions this year, of which 38 were accepted for presentation. These included papers related to social business and education, technology, healthcare, disaster management, entrepreneurship, marketing and other issues.

There were also presentations at the conference by 10 of the 43 Yunus Social Business Centres in 29 countries established in universities around the world which are doing research, developing social business courses in classrooms as well as online, organizing competitions for social business projects, undertaking such projects on social business with a view to mainstreaming social business within university curricula and giving students the option to become involved in social business once they graduate.

A separate discussion was held on the inaugural day of SBAC on the newest book by Professor Muhammad Yunus “A World of Three Zeros” with Professor Yunus, Professor Andrea Grove, the Program Director at California Institute for Social Business of California State University Channel Islands, and Professor Rodolphe Durand , the Chaired Professor of Strategy at HEC-Paris and the academic Director of the Society and Organizations Center, France. The session was moderated by Professor Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University of Scotland.

Accepted papers have been presented since yesterday and will continue today on the second day of SBAC. Papers are being presented under different tracks and some of those are Entrepreneurship and Social Business,  Social Business and SDGs, Social business and Health, Finance and social business, Social Business, health and technologies, Social Business, Marketing, Education and other issues. The closing session of SBAC will take place in the evening today.

Photo Caption 2:  Session on Professor Yunus' new book 'A World of Three Zeros'. As seen on the photo Professor Cam Donaldson, Professor Muhammad Yunus,  Professor Andrea Grove and Professor Rodolphe Durand (from left to right). Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre

Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) Kicks off in Paris

Press Release

8th edition of this summit is being held with the theme ‘New Wave of Hope!’

Mayor of Paris Ms Anne Hidalgo officially presenting 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with the citizenship of Paris city at the venue of Global Social Business Summit 2017, International University Campus Paris (Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris). 

Paris (France), November 6, 2017–  The 8th annual Global Social Business Summit(GSBS) kicks off today in Paris for the first time bringing together more than 700 delegates from around the world. Participants came from the private sector, civil society, governments and academia, the event will foster discussion, collaboration and the sharing of best practices around social business and its positive impact.

While inaugurating the summit, Paris Mayor Ms Anne Hidalgo acknowledged and thanked Professor Muhammad Yunus' contribution for the entire world through his work for poverty alleviation, gender equality and environment. She also appreciated Professor Yunus’ initiative to bring sports and social business together by supporting Paris to host the Summer Olympic 2024 as the first ever social business centric Olympic. The Mayor reaffirmed her commitment for making Paris world’s social business city during her speech.

Present were at the inauguration of the summit HM Queen Sofia of Spain, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg HM Maria Theresa,  Mayor of Paris Anna Hidalgo, Deputy Mayor of Paris Antoinette Guhl, Thomas Gass, UN Asst. Secretary General for SDGs and Perer Bakker , President of World Business Council .

Mayor of Paris formally handed over the honorary citizenship of the French capital Prof. Yunus at the inaugural session of the summit.

Main topics to be covered in this year's GSBS edition include:

Food and its Value – Speakers will discuss how to make the food industry more sustainable and solidary, notably regarding catering to create inclusive Olympic Games, and debate social business gastronomy projects.

Plastic Pollution – Covering the growing environmental pollution caused by plastic waste, talks will revolve around coastal and marine protection, and how to improve recycling and waste management by social business.

Solidarity and Refugees – This theme aims at discussing project fostering more human solidarity and notably towards the climate and war refugees around the world, how to create social business solutions to support refugees.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games – Debates and workshops will discuss & design solutions on how to guarantee the inclusiveness and impact of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games through social business.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Global Social Business Summit 2017in Paris with Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Mayor of Paris Ms Anne Hidalgo, and Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain. (From left to right)




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The 8thGlobal Social Business Summit (GSBS) will bring together public, private and social partners in Paris to tackle some the world’s most pressing needs through social business

Organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus and the City of Paris, this year’s edition, entitled ‘New Wave of Hope!’ will focus on 4 key themes: Food and its Value, Plastic Pollution, Solidarity and Refugees, and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Date: 6th - 7th November 2017

Location: Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (14th arrondissement)

Paris (France), October 31, 2016–For the first time since its creation, the annual Global Social Business Summit(GSBS), which celebrates its 8th year, will be held in Paris. Bringing together more than 700 delegates from around the world, from the private sector, civil society, governments and academia, the event will foster discussion, collaboration and the sharing of best practices around social business and its positive impact.

The summit will gather world-class speakers among which Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of Paris), Joel Bouzou (President of the World Olympians Association), Her Royal Highness the Grand-Duchess of Luxembourg, and Thomas Gass (UN Assistant Secretary-General).

The GSBS follows on from the decision made by Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and Professor Muhammad Yunus to install the new Yunus Centre in the ‘Maison des Canaux’, to be inaugurated in November. This Center, the first independent Yunus Center outside of Dacca (Bangladesh), is to become a key European hub for social business.

Professor Yunus also signed a partnership agreement with Mayor Hidalgo and the Paris-2024 Olympic Bid Committee to make the Olympics and Para-Olympic Games of 2024 the most inclusive Games in the history of the Olympics. The City of Paris gave Prof. Yunus the honorary citizenship of the French capital.

"In Paris and other cities in the world, entrepreneurs are constantly creating new projects that are both economically coherent and socially beneficial. It is crucial that we give them means and provide this worldly generation capable of kindling new hopes with a forum. The Global Social Business Summit is on this account a momentous occasion, as it enables all major international actors of this collaborative economy to work together, to share ideas and experiences, and to come up with new ambitions”, says Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who aims to turnParis into a hub of social business and to start implementing this through the momentum of the 2024 Olympic Games.

"What we need is to think strategically about development, analyzing a country's potential role in its region and the world in search of opportunities for growth. Platforms like the Global Social Business Summit can facilitate the process on bringing about change", declared Prof. Yunus, about stakeholders attending GSBS. "We have to show that we are a global movement with a thoughtful and powerful concept behind", said Hans Reitz, Head of Global Social Business Summit, CEO of The Grameen Creative Lab. For the 8th edition of the GSBS, the program was inspired by the 7th principle of social business, “do it with joy!” to provide a breath-taking experience to all participants and to foster a "New wave of hope".

Main topics to be covered in this year's GSBS edition include:

-          Food and its Value – Speakers will discuss how to make the food industry more sustainable and solidary, notably regarding catering to create inclusive Olympic Games, and debate social business gastronomy projects.

-          Plastic Pollution – Covering the growing environmental pollution caused by plastic waste, talks will revolve around coastal and marine protection, and how to improve recycling and waste management by social business.

-          Solidarity and Refugees – This theme aims at discussing project fostering more human solidarity and notably towards the climate and war refugees around the world, how to create social business solutions to support refugees.

-          The Paris 2024 Olympic Games – Debates and workshops will discuss & design solutions on how to guarantee the inclusiveness and impact of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games through social business.

The summit will also include a presentation and discussion about Prof. Yunus latest book, "A World of Three Zeros".

In addition, a plastic exhibition will take place in front of the Paris City Hall during the summit.

The full agenda, speakers and additional information can be found under: http://gsbs-2017.com

Agenda highlights:

-          Social Business Youth Challengers‘& Pioneers' meeting (4-5 Nov), at MakeSense's office (11, rue biscornet - 75012 Paris)

          Global Social Business Summit (6-7 Nov)

-          5th Social Business Academia conference (8-9 Nov) at CitéInternationaleUniversitaire de Paris

To participate in specific sessions of the summit or to request an interview with Prof. Yunus, or Mayor Hidalgo, please contact:

Grameen Creative Lab: Liza Patris / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 06.46.02.55.36

Ville de Paris: Simon le Boulaire / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Agence APCO Worldwide: Cécile Striffler / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Grameen America Celebrates its first decade

Press Release (25 September, 2017)

A gala celebration of ten years of Grameen America “A Decade of Empowerment” was held at Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) in New York City on 23 September. Grameen America was set up in 2008 inspired by Nobel Laureate professor Muhammad Yunus  completes its tenth year in 2017. It provides micro-credit to underprivileged women who do not have access to credit for income generating activities, to build a livelihood for themselves. It reached 100,000 women in 12 cities in the United States with microloans, having provided nearly one billion dollars in loans to disadvantaged groups in cities in New York, Newark , San Jose, Austin, Omaha, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Los Angeles and Boston with repayment record of 99.6 percent loan recovery and  financial  sustainibility for all 20 branches.

During the ceremony, Professor Muhammad Yunus, was honored with a Lifetime Award for his commitment and support to Grameen America. Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associated and Director Emeritus of Grameen America, his wife Barbara Dalio, Former Board member of the Bruce Museum in Connecticut, and their son Paul Dalio, Screen writer, Director and Composer, all received Founders’ Award at the event. Andrea Jung, CEO of Grameen America, also spoke at the event. Professor Yunus daughter, Monica Yunus who is a soprano with the New York Metropolitan Opera, performed at the event.The event was attended by important businesspeople and philanthropists of the city.

Grameen America announced its plan to disburse ten billion dollars to half a million borrowers through a total of 40 branches by 2028.

Earlier in the day at the MET, Professor Yunus was a speaker at the ‘Fast Forward Women’s Innovation Forum’ hosted by the cofounders of Seneca Women, Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli. There was an onstage discussion between Professor Yunus and Chelsea Clinton on the role of women in accelerating development.  Seneca Women is a global women strategy firm built with the aim of advancing girls and women for a thriving world.

During his visit Professor Yunus spoke at “We the Future: Accelerating Sustainable Business Solutions,” an event jointly hosted by UN Foundation, Skoll Foundation and TED at the TED Theatre.Professor Yunus gave a keynote address on ‘Social Business and Disruptive Technologies to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’ at an event hosted by MakeSense, a France based youth organization for social change.

Professor Yunus is in the US for attending UN and other meetings  and releasing his new book  "A World of Three Zeroes". He will be travelling to several  cities to speak at events organised by local organisations  around  the release  of his  book starting in New York on 25 September and continuing on to Chicago,  Miami, Austin, Dallas,  San Francisco,  silicon valley, Seattle, and Washington DC.

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Yunus Urges French President to address Rohingya Crisis

Press Release (20 September, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus exchanging  greetings with  President Emmanuel Macron of France. They had a meeting on the sidelines of the Summit to launch of the Global Pact for the Environment to which Professor Yunus was invited to by President Macron.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus yesterday met French president Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of UN meetings urged him to play an active role as permanent member of the UN Security Council to bring pressure on the Myanmar government to end the Rohingya crisis. They met after the Head of Government Climate Meeting at the United Nation Head Quarter in New York where Professor Yunus was personally invited by President Macron. Professor Yunus thanked President Macron for supporting Bangladesh in the Rohingya crisis and appealed to him to put full pressure on Myanmar to stop the ethnic cleansing and violence, return Rohingyas back to Myanmar and grant them full citizenship. Professor Yunus briefed Mr Macron about the terrible circumstances under which 400,000 Rohingya refugees mostly women and children have fled to Bangladesh in the past few weeks.

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen Joins Open Letter to UN Security Council to intervene to end the Human Crisis in Rakhine

Press Release, Date: 19 September, 2017

Complete list of signatories till 19 September, 2017

Nobel Laureate Economist  Professor Amartya Sen today in a letter to Yunus Centre sent his willingness  to add his name  to the list of signatories to the UNSC letter to intervene to end the human crisis in Rakhine, Myanmar.

Professor Sen wrote to Professor Yunus that he does not usually add his name to joint statements but that the ‘the atrocity in Burma on the Rohingyas is so intolerably – and so uniquely – barbaric that I have to sign the letter”, and requested to add his name urgently to the list.

Separately,  Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia wrote to Yunus Centre that he is proud to add his name to the list, and was joined by Arif Naqvi, Middle East  based business leader and philanthropist who also sent his readiness to add his name to the letter.

More Global Citizens Sign the Open Letter To UN Security Council To Intervene To End The Human Crisis In Rakhine, Myanmar

More Global Citizens Sign the Open Letter To UN Security Council To Intervene To End The Human Crisis In Rakhine, Myanmar

Since the release of the Open Letter to UN Security Council on 13 September, six more eminent global citizens including Bono musician, activist and founder of One.org, Richard Curtis writer and activist, Salman Khan education pioneer and founder of Khan Academy, Asma Jahangir human rights activist, Shabana Azmi actor and activist and  Javed Akhtar poet and lyricist all sent their names to Yunus Centre to be added to the list of signatories to the open letter to the UNSC calling for its immediate intervention to end the human crisis in Rakhine, Myanmar. They join 12 Nobel Laureates, Professor Yunus, Archbishop Tutu and Malala Yousafzai among them and 15 others global leaders including Gro Brundtland Former Prime Minister of Norway and Mary Robinson Former President of Ireland; former government ministers, business leaders, philanthropists and SDG advocates. The full text of the statement and list of signatories are given below:

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