Yunus urges youth to eradicate global poverty by 2030

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka

Terming the youth ‘the most powerful generation’, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has urged them to eradicate poverty from the world by 2030.
He made the appeal while presenting his keynote speech on the opening day of the four-day ‘One Young World Summit 2013’ in Johannesburg of South Africa on Wednesday.
The world’s largest youth summit kicked off with an elaborate opening ceremony at Soccer City in Johannesburg that will end on Saturday, says a press release from Yunus Centre.
The One Young World Summit 2013 focuses on different social issues such as education, youth unemployment and role of global business.
The summit is being attended by 1,300 young leaders from 190 countries across the world, including a 10-member delegation from Bangladesh.
Apart from Muhammad Yunus, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan and Sir Bob Geldof presented keynote speeches at the summit.
Yunus in his keynote speech said a new goal for the international community should be eradicating global poverty by 2030. He has described the present generation of young people as the most powerful generation in history because of their grip on communication and information technology.
‘When Kofi Annan and the UN declared the Millennium Development Goals in 2000 – people laughed at and said they were crazy, they did not believe you can reduce poverty, but when Bangladesh announced it had achieved the number one goal to reduce poverty by half in 2013, you know it has been serious goal after all. This news was significant because Bangladesh was labeled as a bottomless basket at its birth,’ he said.
The opening ceremony attended by 8,000 young people at a stadium was also addressed by singer and development activist Bob Geldof.
The ceremony was attended by many leaders and celebrities like Ahmed Kathrada, lifelong comrade of Nelson Mandela who suffered jail sentence along with Mandela for 26.5 years, Sir Richard Branson, German tennis super star Boris Becker, and many other luminaries.
Summit’s co-founders David Jones and Kate Robertson welcome the delegates during the colourful flag-laying ceremony where delegates of participating countries presented their countries’ flags to the One Young World Counsellors, symbolising that world coming together to work towards positive change.
The Summit will continue till Saturday after a whirlwind of panels, plenary sessions and workshops that will address education, global business, human rights, leadership and government, sustainable development, and youth unemployment.
One Young World Summit 2013 is being held for the first time in Africa, following previous years in London, Zurich and Pittsburgh. Dublin has been announced as host city of One Young World Summit for 2014, the press release said.

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