UN Foundation honoring Professor Muhammad Yunus on the Congressional Gold Medal

15th April, 2013

The United Nations foundation arranged a reception program to honor Prof. Muhammad Yunus on April 15, 2013. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations introduced the event and congratulated Prof. Yunus for the Congressional Gold Medal Award.

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PRESS RELEASE: DURBIN COMMENDS PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD YUNUS AT AWARDS DINNER IN CHICAGO

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Unveils Congressional Gold Medal, One of the Highest Civilian Awards US Bestows

[CHICAGO, IL] – Assistant Majority Leader, US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Wright Foundation 2012 Transformational Leadership Award Dinner this evening and unveiled the design for Professor Yunus’ Congressional Gold Medal, one of our nation’s highest civilian awards. Senator Durbin introduced legislation honoring Professor Yunus with the award in 2010. Senator Durbin will now work with House Speaker John Boehner and other Congressional leaders to schedule a formal award ceremony, hopefully later this year.

“With Professor Yunus at the helm, Grameen Bank has played a leading role in a global movement to lift millions of the world’s poorest people out of poverty using the innovative microcredit concept that he pioneered,” Durbin said. “For more than thirty years, his theory of microenterprise has become a phenomenon – touching the lives of more than 100 million people around the world. It is hard to think of any single idea in our lifetime which has lifted so many people out of the deepest depths of poverty.”

PRESS RELEASE: DURBIN: PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD YUNUS’ CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON APRIL 17

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Washington, D.C. – Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) applauded the announcement that the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Professor Muhammad Yunus will be held on April 17, 2013 in the U.S. Capitol. Today’s announcement by the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, comes nearly two and half years after a Durbin authored bill awarding Professor Yunus medal was signed into law. Professor Yunus, a Nobel Laureate, will be recognized as a leading figure in the effort to fight poverty and promote economic and social opportunity.  

“Professor Muhammad Yunus believes overcoming poverty is not just a gesture of charity; it is an act of justice.  It is the protection of a fundamental human right - the right to dignity and a decent life,” said Durbin.  “He is truly deserving of the Congressional Gold Medal and I am honored to call him a friend. I look forward to next month’s award ceremony.”

Bill about the use of the grand Rotunda

This is the Bill about using the grand Rotunda for the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on 6th March, 2013

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