Yunus Addresses End Poverty Concert in NY

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Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus urged a gathering of 50,000 youth to create a world without poverty, without unemployment, and without any need for people to live on state charity at a concert in New York on 28 September.  The Global Citizens Movement, which organized the festival, also met with Professor Yunus and are planning  to include his proposals for an international minimum wage for garment workers and 'happy workers tag'  as part of their global campaign to end extreme poverty.

The Global Citizen Festival this year, which began at 5 pm and continued late into the evening, had performances by super stars of the music world including Bono, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon,  Alicia Keys and John Mayer among many others. The gathering was also addressed by the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon and Jim Kim, President of the World Bank.

Agreement Signed Allocating Ten Thousand Hectares of Land in Haiti to Yunus Social Business

yunus-albania-PMNobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus continued his week in New York addressing the special session on Haiti at the Clinton Global Initiative participated by President Clinton, Mr Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti. Professor Yunus is a member of Presidential Advisory Council of Haiti which is created to advice Haiti's President Martelly on economic and social affairs of Haiti. Through his Global Initiatives arm "Yunus Social Business", Professor Yunus has launched eight  social business  projects in Haiti. Ten more are in the pipeline waiting to complete the final preparations for launching.

An agreement was signed at the conference between Professor Yunus and the Minister of agriculture of Haiti allocating ten thousand hectares of Government land to the Yunus Social business for using in reforesting of Haiti.

Also Haiti Social Business Fund, founded by Professor Yunus signed an agreement with Deutsche Bank to receive a loan of one million dollar. This adds to the existing 5 million dollars that the Fund has for investment in new social businesses in Haiti.

Chancellor Yunus launches GCU New York campus

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Glasgow Caledonian University celebrated the launch of its New York campus with a reception hosted by its Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yunus, and attended by more than 200 guests.

Key figures in attendance included Alistair Burt, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister; Jonas Haertle, Head PRME Secretariat UN Global Compact Office; Stephen Vogel, CEO of Grameen America; Nathan Elia, Senior Vice President of Scottish Development International (SDI) New York, as well as leading representatives from the city’s university and business sectors.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, told guests: “Universities are the engines of our economies, they ignite our imagination and curiosity, produce untold ideas and some universities, like GCU, also seek to put their best ideas into practice for social benefit." The ingenuity, energy and creativity of the people of this wonderful city is just irresistible and I can’t thank New York’s university sector enough for the warm welcome and encouragement you have given us as we embark on our adventure.

Yunus Urges Fashion World to Rally Around Garment Workers

yunus unNobel Laureate Professor Yunus was the keynote speaker at the UN event for first ladies. Fashion for Development, an NGO devoted to promoting and supporting fashion industry to support development issues, honoured famous founder and editor of "The Beast", Tina Brown on this occasion for her life-long devotion to standing up for women causes. Professor Yunus handed over the Award on behalf of the "Fashion for Development". Both Tina Brown and Anna Wintour, Chief Editor of the Vogue magazine and the Guru of fashion world, spoke highly of Professor Yunus's contribution for improving the life of the poor women around the world. Professor Yunus in his keynote speech highlighted the pitiable condition of garment workers and urged the fashion leaders, and fashion designers to stand up in solidarity with the garment workers all over the world. He elaborated his proposal of International Minimum wage and Happy workers Tag for improving the lives of garment workers.

Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chancellor of Glasow Caledonian University, launched the new GCU campus in NY. This event was organized by  GCU vice chancellor Pamela Gillies, UK minister, and representatives from the fashion industry, and over 200 dignitaries.

Professor Yunus also attended the Grameen America event, which has now crossed more than US$ 100 million in disbursements to 19,000 loanees through 12 branches operating in 5 states of the US. He also attended the board meeting of Grameen Prima Care which is a newly formed organization providing affordable health insurance to the microcredit borrowers of Grameen America.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at United Nations and Clinton Global Initiative Events

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On Tuesday, 24th September Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus took part in a stimulating discussion  with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the MDG Innovation Forum in New York at United Nations Secretariat Building.

UN Secretary General invited leaders from the private and public sectors and demonstrate ways to accelerate progress on the MDGs.

The goal of the MDG Advocate-led Innovation Forum is to catalyze connections to accelerate progress on the MDGs. The MDG advocates are a special group of eminent persons who have each shown outstanding leadership in promoting and working toward MDG achievement. In June 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the MDG Advocacy Group  to support him in building political will, rallying additional support, and spurring collective action to achieve the MDGs by 2015. The MDG advocacy group has currently a total of 17   members under the chairmanship of Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda including Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, HHS Sheikha Moza, First Lady of Qatar,  Mukesh Ambani,Chairman of Reliance Industries (India), Graça Machel, Former First Lady of South Africa and Ted Turner, founder of CNN.

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