Ted Turner has put huge amounts of his own money into forming UN Foundation - apparently a hi-level group planning action projects twice a year that could help make UN millennium goals more real for many people to network round - he also has committed a lot of cnn's own voice to transformational issues - see eg http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/ 


Urgent need to understand social good summit 19-22 september 2011 as next stage of ted turner attempt to hub UN challenges and solutions to youth - video  (more on SGS footnoted)

UNFoundation Board


The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.  We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress.  The UN Foundation’s work - focused on select global problems - is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations.  For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.


The UN Foundation meets semi-annually - most recently in Norway - extract from Yunus Cnetre Report:UN Foundation Board members joining Turner, Annan, Brundtland and Wirth in Norway are Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah (Jordan), Chairperson of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and the Jordan River Foundation; Igor Ivanov (Russia), Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Hisashi Owada (Japan), President of the International Court of Justice; Emma Rothschild (U.K.), Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History at Harvard University; Nafis Sadik (Pakistan), Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General; Yuan Ming (China), Director, Institute of International Relations at Peking University; Andrew Young (U.S.A.), Chairman of Good Works International and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; and Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh), Founder of the Grameen Bank. The meetings are being hosted in Norway by Board member Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General Emeritus, World Health Organization and Former Prime Minister of Norway. While in Oslo, UN Foundation Board members will meet with HM King Harald V, HM Queen Sonja, HRH Crown Prince Haakon and HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit. The Board's schedule includes a special session with Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to map out ways to leverage Norway's ongoing support of UN causes and innovations that improve women's and children's health, including significant commitments to vaccinating children in developing countries. The Board will discuss UN Foundation and UN priorities and programs as part of meetings with Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Erik Solheim, Minister for the Environment and International Development.The UN Foundation is participating in "New African Connections" - a high-level conference taking place in Oslo June 21-22 exploring creative solutions and partnerships in the areas of healthcare, finance and new technologies to advance development in Africa. Board members Kofi Annan, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Ted Turner are featured speakers on a keynote panel focusing on public-private partnerships and innovation in health. (For more information about the conference and the upcoming release of the Thematic Report on Innovation in the Global Campaign for the Health MDGs series, visit http://www.norad.no/globalcampaign.)

During the conference, the UN Foundation will preview the 2.0 version of the mHealth Alliance's Health Unbound (HUB) website (http://www.healthunbound.org). This interactive web portal, of which the Norwegian government is a sponsor, allows people to share information and best practices about ways that mobile technology is improving delivery of healthcare to millions of people in developing countries. The conference also includes a discussion of the UN Foundation's ongoing work to support the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (http://www.cleancookstoves.org) as an innovative way to improve health, economic development and environmental impact around the world. The government of Norway is one of the founding partners of the Alliance, which has already made significant progress on developing standards, increasing awareness and helping build the basis of a thriving market for clean cooking technologies around the world. The UN Foundation's announcements during the conference include several commitments toward the UN Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health (for more information, visit http://www.everywomaneverychild.org).

The UN Foundation Board trip to Norway culminates in a visit to the Svalbard archipelago in the northernmost part of the country, where Board members will meet with international scientists to discuss the effects of climate change in the Arctic. Board members will offer a live briefing following their visit to Svalbard on June 23 at 10:00am ET (for details and to RSVP, contact press(at)unfoundation(dot)org).


Yunus and Turner are also 2 of the 19 special advocates for UN millennium goals  Their recent EVENTS include MDG Advocates met on 8 May 2011 at the margins of the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Istanbul, Turkey. "There is no way to achieving the Millennium Development Goals if we are not successful in achieving them in the Least Developed Countries," Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser said at the Conference. "Our success here is the real criteria of our commitment."

Doha, Qatar, 9 December 2010

At a meeting on the margins of the World Innovation Summit for Education, in Doha, Qatar, the facilitators of the two thematic clusters of the Advocacy Group discussed their vision


Another UN related subnetwork that yunus belongs to is Mhealth allaince  -see also www.mhealthalliance.org



you can see banner ad to Social Good Summit 2011 at http://www.unfoundation.org/


if we could find one of the before and after organisers naila's networks of grameen could help publicise the biggest projects it wants conntinous conectivity of - it would be hugely useful if halima could see if scott case is in dc when naila is since there could be at elast 2 common talking points - obama start up; ending malaria something unfoundation has complimented scott case on


it youtube video is almost an ad of what only grameen solutions can do to connect the deepest solutions youth projects and yunus http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Nobp3n6FHU in the first summit it claims to have brought together 1000 new media leaders from around the world - so it is also closely sybergetic to france's EG8


this week in septemeber is also the start of the UN year and the time that the world's great and good appear at clinton global initiative- in previous years vidar has coordinated teams of 10-20 people around yunus at the summit

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another good news broadcaster in us when it comes to developing world is bloomberg http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/yunus-sees-need-to-overhaul-...

Tom Keene Bloomberg: I last spoke to him in Davos, he is the Nobel peace prize winner and a magnet for accolade and criticism. You have got to help me here and I thank Marralyn Bunting at The Guardian for pointing out that you are ancient, you are old you are a sprightly 71 and the guy that fired you was a 77 year old finance minister . Only in Bangladesh could that happen. You were let go because of your age, that was the back story at Grameen Bank.


Yunus :  That’s true : their position was I should have resigned when I was 60 years old and now that I am 71 how could I continue in my position. I said you should have reminded me 11 years back - why 11 years later? but they insisted I quit, and I did quit


Tom Keene: There’s been a lot of criticism. How do you respond to a global or local bangladesh criticism to this bank that you established and microfinance that I will suggest was absolutely revolutionary even within development economics- where did this turn into a critiocism


Yunus: Well the criticisms are always there they cant figure out can you lend money to the poor people and still run a bank and make profit – the profit goes to the poor poep because the bank is owned by the borrowers- there’s something fishy that must be there otherwise it doesn’t make sense. We keep telling them it’s a very transparent system, people take the money, use it for income generating purposes , pay us back, not only does it work in Bangladesh and rest of the world it works right here in new york city. I was just coming from one of those groups who were taking a loan and they were very happy with that. There’s no problem


 Tom Keene: I have a wrong stereotype of bangladesh. Check out this chart folks (I didn’t know this – here are Bangladesh exports – up and up we go – bangladesh as a country is not the stereotype that we know of 30 or 40 years ago – what does the west most get wrong about Bangladesh


Yunus: People still think that Bangladesh is still the same old way of about 30 years back., That’s wrong- it’s a brand new country. The empowerment of women is a very significant part of bangladesh today. It is the most dramatic change that has happened to bangaldesh. The impact on women is empowerment and the fact that they are participating in many social and economic activities and microcredit is all over the country – the kind of banking  that we introduced in bangldesh – 80% of the poor families within the network of grameen microcredit program so this is an enormous amount of money that goes into the hands of the poor people particularly power wonen


Tom Keene: Here is a chart that shows the divide per  capital in GDP in various countries

  We have usa up top , china way below it, this is a surprise to many people in USA who are afraid of china -then India and balgladesh of course  -to close that gap do you support the economics of Jeffrey Sachs or of  bill easterly  which of the those 2 do you  support



Yunus: I would say that we need to focus more on institutional changes before we talk about the amount of money or the incentive mechanism as we need to change the framework – like for example the financial system doesn’t go into the areas it is most needed among the poor and the remote areas. We need financial reform of the institution


Tom Keene” How do you get them to pay back the loan – because they are earning an income they pay you back, as they earn they are paying back, money is recovered on a weekly basis to make it easy – that is why it has spread all over the world even in new york city and Nebraska


Yunus: Here’s an idea folks- go read the nobel lecture ; its one of the bests of the web – where you learn the bio and the lectures of the various nobel winners- here’s dr yunus- bring up the first quote


in a poverty-free world the only place you will be able to see poverty is ion the poverty museum when children take a tour they will be horrified to see the indignity that some human being had to go through


Tom Keene: You put that in the past tense -  can you say that know that there is a poverty museum’


Yunus: Not yet but they should be created- every country should create them


Tom Keene: So the gloomsters at Columbia have this wrong  - in truth there is a developing Africa, a developing bangladesh, its not as bad at the margin as it was 20 years ago


Yunus: Absolutely the emerging nation , the technology changes everything, bangladesh is a country where in just ten years most people have a mobile –today 65 million mobile subscribers- the internet services are flowing into te remote areas through the mobiles so the technology is changing these countries and the policies very fast


Tom Keene: If you were president obama what would be your policy prescription for the unite d states to at te margin assist bangladesh


Yunus: Of course we need global assistance but that doesn’t mean money will solve everything – it’s a question of designing the right sort of thing; I am talking about designing social business – business today in the world is about making money obsessed with making money – social business is about creating business to solve problems without any interest in personal gain – that’s social business-


Tom Keene: Sounds like an idea for Michael Porter who is very influential – myunus thank you for coming by

Yunus is also on the MDG Millenneoum Development Goals) Advisory Grouup


as at 2010 september this appeared to comprise


H. E. Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General, United Nations

H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss

President of the 65

th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

H. E. Paul Kagame

President of Rwanda

Co-chair MDG Advocacy Group

Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé,

sitting in for MDG Advocacy group Co-chair

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain,H. E. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

Prime Minister of Spain

Akin Adesina

Vice President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)


H. H. Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned

First Lady, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community



Mukesh D. Ambani

Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries


Michelle Bachelet

Former President


Stine Bosse

CEO of TrygVesta Group, Chairman of Børnefonden (The Children’s Fund)


Ray Chambers

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria

(United States)

Dho Young-Shim

Chairperson of the UN World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism

for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation

(Republic of Korea)

Philippe Douste-Blazy

UN Special Advisor on innovative financing for development


Jan Eliasson

Chair of WaterAid Sweden, Former President of the UN General Assembly


Julio Frenk

Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, former Minister of Health


Bill Gates

Philanthropist, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chairman of Microsoft Corp.

(United States)

Bob Geldof

Singer, songwriter, political activist

(United Kingdom)

Hiromasa Yonekura

Chairman of Sumitomo Chemical and of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren)


Wangari Maathai

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, environmental and political activist


Graça Machel

Former First Lady, advocate for women’s and children’s rights

(South Africa / Mozambique)

Jeffrey Sachs

UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the MDGs

(United States)

Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, founder of the Grameen Bank


Wang Yingfan

Vice-Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Chinese National People's Congress


Attending for


Updated 2011 context was given by UN speaker in Dhaka on Social Buisnes Day in June

http://www.yytube.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article... who referred to vienna social busienss summit as being a next stage that social business networkers can input to

(China)Ted Turner (United States)

I believe these are some of the video records of yunus in sweden at the time (june 2011) of the semi annual ted turner un foundation summit - not entirely clear which of various converging events in sweden these were actually part of- feedback welcome


Frineds say these video are parts of a 76 minutes recording of an event that took place at one of the campuses of Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - SWEDEN on 18th June 2011.

Part 1. http://www.facebook.com/l/YAQCJo8NLAQCaTgGZ8xnfnhIGIVvhllSeiwAuf7zu...
Part 2. http://www.facebook.com/l/jAQDEf-aeAQBJNSfEZb90XtP4KBQoDw44AA-Bngx3...
Part 3. http://www.facebook.com/l/0AQAIccLYAQATPK30sBjR75dhaLXKEYxJxNqQEwp6...
Part 4. http://www.facebook.com/l/JAQD8jo3nAQAmIcvNpS7bZYzqLhE3UIcXY8fo-SZ9...
Part 5. http://www.facebook.com/l/OAQBTKrd3AQAzfMy6eo0EibCh5EhXRtYigJeXm2KX...

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Which World Class Projects urgently need pro-youth investors?

About Pro-Youth economics at Norman Macrae Foundation online library of norman macrae - The Economist's Unacknowledged Giant -videos 1 2 -fansweb  NMFoundation- youth projects - include yunuschoolusa


fullest press reports  Grameen Brand Partnership Architecture

exponential impact advisory: the social business youth networks inspired by muhammad yunus -without which millennium goal actions networks would be way behind are worth far more than any individual parts according to Norman Macrae Foundation  trilliondollaraudit methodology and charter notespace

Beyond the extraordinary investment of the members bank at Grameen, and the approximate third share its members foundation holds in grameenphone, here is our Unofficial League Table of Most Impactful Social Business Investments around yunus - last update 1 dec 2012

! Grameen Solar

Grameen Mobile Nursing nets and college

3 Portfolio of investments linkedin by Japan

4 Portfolio of youth-led networking inventions in US educationsystem  tertiar and secondary - transparency note NM Foundation has minor donation/loan interest

5 Investments in Grameen as collaboration brand linked in out of paris- the origin of global social business partnership funds

6 OpenTech investments of Grameen Intel


-------- while not controlled by yunus we see wholeplanetfoundation microcredit investment table and conscious capitalsm movements and hugely important to advancing pro-youth economicsmission of friends of youth and yunus


email chris.macrae@yahoo.co.ukif you have questions or recommendations of entries that should be in this league table

-please read notes about what pro-youth economists mean by superapps being most impactful

Nov 2011 Europe's last super summits?- G20 3-4 Cannes; SB ac 9 gen 10-12 vienna; MC near madrid 14-17  European Union Nov 18 

click pic to download journal of pro-youth economics sampled by post to 3000 leaders chosen by Yunus

papers world microcreditsummit 2011


2010s Global Village Economics Races- will youthand societies win the race to:

  • bankabillion people directly on mobile phones - if so 10 times lower transactional costs can change every assumption of economics
  • Good News Media- even before Rupert Murdoch's expose filmakers like Will Wenders showed there is notimefelt to empower youth with joyful world service media
  • Will first 10000 entrepreneurial rural telecentres be owned mutually for poorest in communities or by Bill Gates- how does this depend on whether giving circles of billanthropists use microeconomic or macroeconomics's opposite valuation metrics?


SB Stockmarkets:

  • A) banking & financial services
  • B) green including energy and food and water
  • C) goodwill media, tech and edu
  • D) health

Next Pro-Youth & Ynuus Deadlines

18 Januray 2013 Alabama

30 January 2013 Tokyo

rsvp chris.macrae@yahoo.co.ukto share news of these and other key youth and yunus events




India 2011 Law on Microcredit


BBC and Murdoch 

Call for microcreditsummit to launch SB stockmarket of banks

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