Yunus Centre Press Release (25 September, 2016)
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is seen among other SDG advocates who met Secretary General of UN, Ban Ki Moon on September 23, 2016. SDG advocates, seen with Professor Yunus, include Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg( sitting besides Ban Ki Moon),Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; Thomas Gass, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Mr. Richard Curtis, Producer and Film Director, Alaa Murabit, Founder of The Voice of Libyan Women; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, Nobel Peace Laureate Ms. Leymah Gbowee, Ambassador Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson, United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University, Mr. Forrest Whitaker, Founder and CEO, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative among others.
Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus along with fellow Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) advocates held meeting with UN Secretary General at the chair for the last time before he steps out of UN, at UN head quarter on September 23, 2016. Launched on 21 January 2016 on the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the SDG Advocates consist of 17 eminent persons assisting the UN Secretary-General in the campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that world leaders unanimously adopted in September 2015.
With a mandate to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, the SDG Advocates have been working to promote the universal sustainable development agenda, to raise awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and to foster the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of these Goals.
SDG Advocates Group is co-chaired by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Ghana President John Dramani Mahama. Besides Professor Yunus other members of SDG are Queen Mathilde of Belgium; Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Chinese Alibaba Group of Internet-based businesses; and Leo Messi, the world renowned Argentine-born footballer, who is also a UN Children’s Fund Goodwill Ambassador, Shakira, the famous singer, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Co-Founder of the Qatar Foundation; Alaa Murabit, Founder of The Voice of Libyan Women; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever.