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|link at whitehouse.gov President Obama Names Medal of Freedom Recipients 16 Agents of Change to Receive Top Civilian Honor WASHINGTON, 30 Jy 09 – President Obama today named 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom. America’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who make an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. This year’s awardees were chosen for their work as agents of change. Among their many accomplishments in fields ranging from sports and art to science and medicine to politics and public policy, these men and women have changed the world for the better. They have blazed trails and broken down barriers. They have discovered new theories, launched new initiatives, and opened minds to new possibilities. President Obama said, "These outstanding men and women represent an incredible diversity of backgrounds. Their tremendous accomplishments span fields from science to sports, from fine arts to foreign affairs. Yet they share one overarching trait: Each has been an agent of change. Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way. "Their relentless devotion to breaking down barriers and lifting up their fellow citizens sets a standard to which we all should strive. It is my great honor to award them the Medal of Freedom." President Obama will present the awards at a ceremony on Wednesday, August 12. 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom
Dr. Muhammad Yunus is a global leader in anti-poverty efforts, and has pioneered the use of "micro-loans" to provide credit to poor individuals without collateral. Dr. Yunus, an economist by training, founded the Grameen Bank in 1983 in his native Bangladesh to provide small, low-interest loans to the poor to help better their livelihood and communities. Despite its low interest rates and lending to poor individuals, Grameen Bank is sustainable and 98% percent of its loans are repaid – higher than other banking systems. It has spread its successful model throughout the world. Dr. Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work.
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|News 2 6 Aug 2009 : Sofia & I were in Germany earlier this week talking to Saskia and Hans and heard plans of Dr Yunus global events supporters to renew millennium goals, celebrations and G8 leadership participation starting from Presidential Award day on. More details as soon as I get them . News 1 : Sam Daley-Harris has written an op-ed celebrating presidential medal of Dr Yunus -please read next post and tell me if you may be able to help place it
From Facing page 1 of Dr Yunus 69th birthday dialogue report ... 1997, Washington DC- as the speaker of this text finished, he noted to himself and for posterity. I looked at the audience, knew there was applause, but did not hear it. All I heard was millions of determined voices rising from all over the world saying YES WE CAN make this ambitious, mad, crazy, impossible dream a reality We can have a world free of poverty As we assemble here, I ask “what is microcreditsummit about?”. Is it another Washington gala event? Personally to me it is an emotional event. Like me, there are many here today for whom it is a deeply emotional experience. It is emotional because we have been working very hard to make this day happen. Finally it has happened. I wish to take this opportunity to thanks millions of micro-borrowers and thousands of staff who have been working hard to right a wrong which has caused so much avoidable human misery. To me this summit is a grand celebration- we are celebrating the freeing of credit from the bondage of collateral. This summit is to announce goodbye to the era of financial apartheid. This summit declares that credit is more than business. Just like food, credit is a human right. This summit is about setting the stage to unleash the human creativity and endeavours of the poor. This summit is to guarantee every poor person the chance to undertake responsibility to establish his or her own human dignity This summit is to celebrate the success of millions of determined women who transformed their lives from extreme poverty to dignified self-sufficiency through entering into microcredit programs. It is about creating opportunities for 100 million of the poorest families to follow in the footsteps of these successful women....
We believe that poverty does not belong in a civilised human society. It belongs in museums. Thus summit is about creating a process which will send poverty to the museum. We will create a poverty free world.