Tutu receives Ghandi award

24 September 2007 at 10:43 am | Posted in Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

Nobel Laureate and 1999 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu has received the inaugural Mahatma Gandhi Global nonviolence award.

The award is conferred by the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence at James Madison University, as was reported in an earlier post.

Tutu said he was accepting the award on behalf of the millions who struggled for freedom from apartheid in South Africa.

He said: “I usually say what is so patently obvious that when you are in a crowd and you stand out, it is only because you are being carried on the shoulders of others.”

Click here to see a newsclip of Tutu’s visit to JMU.

Yunus: Need for new climate control

17 September 2007 at 5:25 pm | Posted in Climate change, Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus said there is a new glabal agreement to tackle climate change and the agreement needs to be implemented quickly.

Speaking at an international conference on climate change in Seoul last week, Prof Yunus said: “As the countries develop, they became so focussed on the development. They forget about what they are doing on the planet.”

The inaugural Sydney Peace Prize recipient called for international cooperation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and called for a binding international agreement to be implemented.

Poverty fuels terror

17 September 2007 at 5:19 pm | Posted in Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize, Poverty, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

“You can never win a war against terror as long as there are conditions in the world that make people desperate — poverty, disease, ignorance, et cetera.”

In an interview with CNN, Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said poverty fuels the war on terror.

“I think people are beginning to realize that you can’t have pockets of prosperity in one part of the world and huge deserts of poverty and deprivation and think that you can have a stable and secure world,” the 1999 Sydney Peace Prize recipient told CNN.

Tutu blames SA government for HIV deaths

10 September 2007 at 10:22 am | Posted in Africa, Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

1999 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu has blamed the South African government’s delay in introducing a national HIV/Aids treatment plan for the preventable deaths from HIV/Aids.

Tutu said the anti-aparthied heroes would be shocked by the devastation wrecked by the HIV/Aids pandemic. “They would be glad that a more realistic plan was in place, but they would lament that too many died unnecessarily because of bizarre theories held [by those] on high,” Reuters reported Tutu as saying.

Muhammad Yunus commemorative stamps

3 September 2007 at 10:32 am | Posted in Grameen Bank, Microcredit, Muhammad Yunus, News, Nobel Peace Prize, Poverty, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

Bangladesh has released a commemorative stamp to honour Professor Muhammad Yunus’ Nobel Prize win.
The stamp featuring the inaugural 1998 Sydney Peace Prize winner was launched by Bangladesh’s Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed last  Wednesday.

Yunus in Singapore

16 August 2007 at 9:51 am | Posted in Grameen Bank, Microcredit, Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

At a public lecture organised by the Singapore Institute of Policy Studies, the inauguaral Sydney Peace Prize recipient Professor Muhammad Yunus, said there is no reason why microcredit cannot happen in Singapore.

Even in an economically advanced city like Singapore, microcredit can succeed. He recounted examples of Amercian cities such as Chicago, New York and Texas that adopted the microcredit system.

IPS chairman Professor Tommy Koh announced at the end of the lecture that the institute would convene a brainstorming session with those keen on starting a Grameen-type initiative in city-state.

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