Transcript of Introduction by Steve Forbes, for Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, Recipient of the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship

June 5, 2013, During the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy
The United Nations, New York City

my-forbesThank you, I am Steve Forbes. And I think we all will agree this has been a stirring day. Tonight we’ve got several things in store. We are giving out two awards tonight. And I think we’d also agree that what happened today is simply the beginning – a catalyst, not a culmination.

And I think that what one of our award winners tonight, Muhammad Yunus said, that you begin things with a small step and that leads to big things. And that’s one reason why we focused on Liberia, a country that was shattered, but anyone who was at lunch today was inspired and can see that when people come together and want to make positive things happen, positive things will happen.

And I think we also can take to heart what Bono said during his session about commerce, about free enterprise being a huge poverty reducer. It enables people, as Lincoln put it, to improve their lot in life. But, as we all know, even vibrant free markets don’t always operate at the pace and have the reach that we would like. So clearly, government can’t do it alone, NGOs can’t do it alone, free enterprise can’t do it alone, although it can do a lot. And philanthropy, private philanthropy, can only do so much. But you bring these tools together and amazing things will happen.

প্রেস রিলিজ: “বিশ্বের সর্বোচ্চ সম্পদশালী ব্যাক্তিবর্গের সম্মেলনে প্রফেসর ইউনূস ও ওয়ারেন বাফেটকে সম্মাননা প্রদান”

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pmy-buffetবিশ্বের দুই শতাধিক সর্বোচ্চ সম্পদশালী ব্যক্তিবর্গের সম্মেলনে গত ৫ জুন ২০১৩ তারিখে জাতিসংঘ ভবনে প্রফেসর মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস ও ওয়ারেন বাফেটকে আজীবন সম্মাননা পুরস্কার এ ভূষিত করা হয়।

জাতিসংঘের মহাসচিব বান কি-মুন উপস্থিত সম্মানিত অতিথিদের স্বাগত জানান এবং দারিদ্র নিরসন , স্বাস্থ্য সেবার উন্নয়ন ও পরিবেশ এর মত বৈশ্বিক বিষয়গুলোতে ভুমিকা রাখবার জন্য তাদের প্রতি উদাত্ত আহ্বান জানান। জাতিসংঘে বিশ্বের সম্পদশালী ব্যক্তিদের এই সমাবেশ এর আয়োজন করে বিশ্ববিখ্যাত ফোর্বস ম্যাগাজিন। ফোর্বস ম্যাগাজিনের চেয়ারম্যান স্টিভ ফোর্বস বলেন, এই সম্মেলন কক্ষে উপস্থিত ব্যক্তিবর্গের সম্পদের পরিমাণ তিনশত বিলিয়ন ডলারের বেশী।

মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস বিশ্বের সর্বোচ্চ বিত্তশালী ব্যক্তিবর্গকে বিশ্বের সামাজিক ব্যাবসায় অংশগ্রহণের আমন্ত্রণ জানান। প্রফেসর ইউনূস প্রস্তাব করেন যে, এই ফিলানথ্রোফি সম্মেলনে যারা অংশগ্রহন করছেন , তাদের দানের অর্থের দশ শতাংশ প্রতি বছর তারা যেন সামাজিক ব্যাবসায় বিনিয়োগ করেন।

ওয়ারেন বাফেট ছাড়াও এই সম্মেলনে উপস্থিত ছিলেন বিল গেইটস , বিল এ্যাকমেন, বোনো, রে চেম্বারস, পল টিউডর জোন্স, পিটার জি পিটারসন, সোয়ার্স ম্যান, এবং জেফ স্কল প্রমুখ।
রবিনহুড এর প্রতিষ্ঠাতা পল টিউডর জোন্স এবং ই-বে এর প্রতিষ্ঠাতা জেফ স্কল ও প্রফেসর মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস প্লেনারী সেশনে বক্তব্য রাখেন।

Yunus launches social business initiatives in Brazil

Prof-Yunus 0Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus launched a number of social business initiatives in Brazil during his visit there from May 27- 29.

The Bank of America announced the creation of a Yunus Social Business Fund for Brazil during his stay.

ESPM, a leading business school in Brazil, also launched Yunus Social Business Centre which will develop academic curricula around social business.

Brazil Foods (BRF), one of the largest poultry companies in the world, has announced a joint-venture social business in Haiti for developing poultry business in the earthquake affected island.

During his stay, Yunus also met a high-level delegation from the government of Brazilian State of Para to launch a series of social businesses in the impoverished Amazonas region.

On 23 May, Yunus had inaugurated the first Euro-Asia Business Forum in Istanbul. The event was attended by entrepreneurs, social innovators, leading experts from corporations, civil society members, government officials and the academia from Asia and Europe.

“The Istanbul Social Business Charter” was signed by the forum participants with a commitment for each participant to create one tangible social business over the next twelve months.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

Yunus, AfDB launch 'Social Business'in Africa

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Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus said no one should be unemployed, no problem can remain unresolved. Africa is one of the regions with the highest potential for Social Business.

He expressed his hope that Africa would be future source of food and energy for the whole world. There is no reason for Africa not to pick up the double digit growth rate across the whole continent.

Dr Yunus was speaking as the keynote speaker at the closing luncheon for governors of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) during the 2013 annual meeting of the Governing Board of the AfDB in Marrakesh, Morocco recently, said a press statement.

Prof Yunus was invited by the president of the AfDB there.

Earlier, Mr Yunus was a keynote speaker at a high level seminar on 'Social Business' organised by the Human Development Department of the AfDB. The seminar was moderated by Richard Attias, founder of The New York Forum. Over 600 participants attended the seminar.

What Obama Needs to Tell Myanmar’s Leader

By JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA, MUHAMMAD YUNUS and BENEDICT ROGERS
Published: May 20, 2013
Source: New York Times

President Thein Sein of Myanmar is in Washington this week, the first Burmese head of state to visit since the military dictator Gen. Ne Win in 1966.

Much has changed since 1966. Fifty years of direct military rule have ended, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is out of house arrest and sits in Parliament, along with 42 of her colleagues from the National League for Democracy, and hundreds of political prisoners — including the most prominent dissidents — have been released.

Preliminary, fragile cease-fires have been reached with most ethnic armed resistance groups, and in Yangon and other major cities there is greater space for civil society, more freedom for the media and more opportunity for political actors. The first steps toward freedom are being taken.

When dictators unclench their fists, they should be met with an outstretched hand. The international community is right to bring Myanmar in from the cold, to engage reformers and to support the process of democratization with expertise and encouragement.

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