Yunus urges to eradicate poverty by 2030

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On 2 October 2013, the world's large youth summit “One Young World Summit 2013” kicked off  with an elaborate opening ceremony at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, while talks will begin and continue into the weekend at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The One Young World Summit 2013 will tackle, as before,  social issues such as education, youth unemployment and role of global business. The summit being held from 2-5 October is being attended by 1,300 youth young leaders from 190 Countries, including a ten member delegation from Bangladesh.

At the opening ceremony, key note speeches were delivered by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Sir Bob Geldof.

Yunus Inspires Students in New Hampshire

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On 30 September 2013, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus   delivered the keynote address at the New Hampshire Social Business and Microfinance Forum at the University of New Hampshire.

The conference was inaugurated by the Speaker of the New Hampshire State legislature Mr. Terie Norellin, and the welcome speech was delivered by US Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. The conference was convened to discuss the top social business projects and select the winners of social innovation challenge competition which involved college students, community members and social entrepreneurs from across New Hampshire to develop business-oriented solutions to social and environmental issues at the state, national or global level.

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.

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.

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.

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