Asanga named Global Dignity Country Chair for Sri Lanka
Posted on December 16th, 2012

Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, the present Executive Director of Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute and a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum was named as the Global Dignity Sri Lankan Country Chair by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and the Board of Directors. This is the first time a Sri Lankan gets the opportunity to be the Country Chair of the Global Dignity.

Global Dignity is the brainchild of three Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum: HRH Crown Prince Haakon (Norway), Professor Pekka Himanen (Finland) and founder of Operation HOPE, John Hope Bryant (United States). Honorary Board is made up of individuals who have advanced social causes and spread Global Dignity values in their own work, including: President Marti Ahtisaari, Sir Richard Branson, Professor Amartya Sen, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and Ambassador Andrew Young.

Global Dignity is an independent, idealistic and politically neutral initiative. The vision of Global Dignity is to promote dignity-­centered leadership, to foster global dialogue on dignity and to engage young people in discussion about the meaning and importance of dignity.

They realized that the one thing that everyone in the world could agree on, irrespective of their differences is: We all want our Dignity to be recognized. Dignity is the very foundation of our humanity. Dignity is universal. Dignity is also the source of human rights.

The co-founders created Global Dignity in 2006. Since then they have worked with many Young Global Leaders and other partners in over 40 countries, hosting what are known as Dignity Days. This involves visiting local schools and communities around the world and teaching a “course in dignity” to youth. For more information please visit http://www.globaldignity.org/ .

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