Gurgaon, August 2020: Noble Laureate Muhammad Yunus in conversation with Dr Aseem Chauhan, appealed to make corona vaccine a public common good and shared his insight on creating social businesses in the post COVID world. The laureate in an hour-long webinar hosted by YSBC and moderated by Dr Aseem shed light on various social issues that the world needs to tackle after the pandemic. The webinar was attended by many eminent personalities from all over the world and students from Amity University.
Prof Yunus, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 called to make the corona vaccine a public common good. He further added, the governments should come together and present a resolution to make the vaccine solely for the people so that all can get an access to it. With Dr Aseem Chauhan asking about how this pandemic should be treated as chance to recreate the past, Prof Yunus replied by urging the world to take this pandemic as an opportunity to introspect and should not go back to the ways of the old world. He said, we all were in a train that was leading us to our destruction, but the pandemic has stopped it and given us time to rethink our ways. He envisioned a world of three zeroes; Zero net carbon emissions, Zero wealth concentration and Zero unemployment.
He remarked how the pandemic has revealed all the weaknesses of the world bringing half of its population struggling for survival. The plight of migrants, massive unemployment and the paralysis of the informal sector are all a proof of how we have failed as society.
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Initiating the discussion about encouraging social business by Dr. Chauhan, Prof Yunus was hopeful that the world will be eager to join such a noble cause and how many organizations have already taken the step in their own capacities. He called for the creation of a social business pharmaceutical company for the benefit of people and society at large. He stressed to create checkposts and make tough decisions. The world needs more thought leaders and a collective conscience.
Towards the end Dr. Aseem Chauhan encouraged the young students to take away the methods and ways suggested by Muhammad Yunus in his optimistic vision to make a new world. He hoped that more and more people to come forward to share his ideology and keep getting inspiration from the laureate’s work and thoughts.
Amity Univerisity along with Yunus Social Business Centeris contributing towards the research, teaching and training endeavors to create awareness about the concept of Social Business. At Amity there are two Yunus Social Business Centers at Jaipur and Gurugram currently. Both the centres have been doing excellent work at grassroot level such as providing financial literacy and financial management workshops, skill development, low cost technological solutions and entrepreneurship support to the youth in rural areas and many more Yunus social business centres are planned across Amity campuses in around the world.
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