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January 01 2010

Oakland City Mayor Dellums, Oakland Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Santos and Operation HOPE Founder Bryant Lead Global Dignity Day Events at Edna Brewer Middle School


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The Third Annual Global Dignity Day inspires youth in over 40 countries around the world to live a dignified life and encourages them to make a difference 


Oakland, CA – October 21, 2010 – On Wednesday October 20, 2010, Oakland Mayor Ronald V. Dellums, Oakland Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Maria Santos and Operation HOPE Founder and Global Dignity Co-Founder John Hope Bryant participated in Global Dignity Day celebrations at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, CA.. The international event brings together thousands of youth every year to celebrate their universal right to give and receive respect and fair treatment.  

“Teaching studen
ts that we all deserve to be respected is an important lesson,” said Mayor Dellums. “Human dignity is necessary to achieve peace in the community. Everybody needs financial security. Nobody should be discriminated against or shut out of the economic and political process.”

School Deputy Superintendent Maria Santos added,"Recognizing that we are all part of the human family helps us to realize that despite our differences, we all deserve the right to lead a dignified life.”

Founded by H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE John Hope Bryant and Philosopher and Professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity Day was established to create a new understanding, where regardless of financial status, religion and nationality, people can assemble to celebrate our “oneness” in being human.

Business bestselling author John Hope Bryant, who was just appointed to serve the Obama Administration on the President’s Council on Financial Capability continued, “Honoring and respecting those you encounter has powerful consequences. Giving dignity will never cost you anything but it can give you so much in return.”  

Taking place every October 20 since 2008, in association with the Forum of YGLs, an auxiliary of the World Economic Forum, Global Dignity Day 2010 sessions brings together thousands of youth in over 40 countries, instilling in them the belief that all of us have the universal right to lead a dignified life though an understanding of the Five Dignity Principles:

1.    Every human being has a right to lead a dignified life.

2.    A dignified life means an opportunity to fulfill one’s potential, which is based on having a human level of health care, education, income and security.

3.    Dignity means having the freedom to make decisions on one’s life and to be met with respect for this right.

4.    Dignity should be the basic guiding principle for all actions.

5.    Ultimately, our own dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others.

Led by Principal Sam Pasarow, Edna Brewer Middle School represents the wonderfully diverse population of the City of Oakland. The school works diligently towards creating and maintaining an engaging, safe, and meaningful place that prepares every student for academic success.

Global Dignity Day is an expansion of Global Dignity – a program started with the co-founders asking Young Global Leaders from the World Economic Forum to commit to teaching courses in dignity to their local classrooms, houses of faith and non-governmental organizations as a part of its mission to improve the state of the world.

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About Global Dignity (GD)
Co-Founded by Young Global Leaders, HRH Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, Philosopher and Professor Pekka Himanen, and Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant, the mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life worldwide. It is an autonomous, nonprofit and non-partisan project linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum’s, Forum of Young Global Leaders, where young global leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society have joined together to work for the improvement of the state of the world and people based on five principles of dignity. For more information, visit

About World Economic Forum (WEF)

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. The World Economic Forum is under the supervision of the Swiss Federal Government. For more information, visit

About HOPE Global Initiatives (HGI)

HOPE Global Initiatives is the international arm of Operation HOPE. The role of HGI is to promote and advocate the benefits of education, financial literacy, self-reliance, economic empowerment and dignity as tools for vastly improving the quality of life in developing countries, with a particular focus on developing countries on the African continent. The role has expanded to serve underserved communities throughout the world, including South Africa and Haiti. For more about Operation HOPE and its programs, please visit

About the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGLs)

Established in 2004 by Professor Klaus Schwab, The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multi-stakeholder community of the world’s most extraordinary young leaders who dedicate a part of their time to jointly address global challenges and who are committed to devote part of their knowledge and energy to collectively work towards a better future. Together, they engage in the 2030 Initiative, a comprehensive endeavor, to understand current and future trends, risks and opportunities both at global and regional levels, formulate a positive vision for the world in 2030 and put forward concrete strategies and work streams to translate their vision into action. Visit