Dr. Yunus addresses 1,300 Youth leaders at One Young World Summit in Bangkok

Dr. Yunus addresses 1,300 Youth leaders at One Young World Summit in Bangkok. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus last night opened the One Young World Summit 2015 in Bangkok, addressing an audience of 1300 young leaders from around the world.

The Summit was founded in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson, a UK-based non-profit organization that gathers together the brightest young people from all countries around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change. The One Young World, hosted this year by the Governor of Bangkok and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, who welcomed the audience at the opening ceremony.

In his speech Professor Yunus told the young people that they are the most powerful generation in the history of humankind and had all the power and creativity to create a world with three zeroes – zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions. Professor Yunus arrived on stage to standing ovations from the 1300 strong audience.

The other two key note speakers at the opening were 7th UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and rocker turned poverty activist Sir Bob Geldof. Professor Yunus, Kofi Annan and Bob Geldof were joined on stage by Counselors to the young delegates from around the world which include luminaries from around the world including Avatar-famed Hollywood producer Jon Landau and legendary cricketer Steve Waugh.

The One Young World Summit 2015 focuses on social issues such as environment, women’s empowerment, education, youth unemployment and role of global business. The summit is being attended by 1,300 young leaders from 196 countries across the world, including a 10-member delegation from Bangladesh.

A team of ten bright young Bangladeshis, nine of whom are young women, joined Professor Muhammad Yunus to attend the One Young World Summit, selected by Yunus Centre through a competitive selection process organized over several months. They are working in the field in youth development, climate change, human rights among others. Executive Director of Yunus Centre, Lamiya Morshed will lead the delegation to Bangkok.

This is the third year that the OYW has sponsored a ten member team to attend the Summit with Professor Yunus. Last year’s delegation attended the Summit in Dublin, Ireland.

On the second day of the Summit Professor Yunus will address a special plenary session on social business. There will also be presentation of social business plans by four teams of Thai social entrepreneurs who are the finalists in the Thai Young Leaders Program organized by Thai Social Enterprise Office. The program included more than 100 social business designs from around the country. Professor Yunus and his team have been invited to judge the social business competition to choose the winner who will be awarded two million baht to initiate their social business.

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  • November 20, 2015 at 2:26 AM
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    Poverty and unemployment.. what we mean by it.then we tink about zero…

    people in african jungle or in green village, most people are working. yes when comes to mechanized industrial work, then we say unemployment rate so..so. As per economist 2-3 %, do not like to work. Then you have war ravages zone, where they get job or business instead of hand out in refugee camps.??

    If u deeply study Bangladesh’s village – Females are very active in all aspects of life..We saw some indian villager were eating chick peas as lunch.. they were hard working people.

    Banana comes from Costa Rica to USA Grocery (super) stores. what is the price difference for producer and consumer..?? This business..Can not stop this.
    Even ourselves we planted Bangladeshi Olive tree 46 ones. but our man sold at taka 8/kilogram on the tree. and similar olive sells at taka 50 to 60/kilogram in dhaka city.. main cost goes on transportation cost. river row boats were much cheaper than today truck load cargo. As we seen earlier;; Ajmeer to Delhi, they carried flower called Rajnigandha on roof top of the bus. earlier in bangldesh, live poultry/chicken used to come to dhaka city in cane/bamboo made baskets on roof top of bus.

    In California undocumented mexican come to pick vegetables. where as Many American will not work those three D -job.

    here, my question, how educated young generation will address in these issue..

    thank you.
    Syed Mahmoodul Hafiz.
    International Business & Founder
    M&R International
    Dhaka.

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