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May 02 2013

Global Dignity Leaders Announce Global Dignity Day for October 16, 2013


Global Dignity Country Chairs meet in Norway to discuss plans for making sixth anniversary the biggest event year to date

Oslo, Norway – April 25, 2013 – Global Dignity co-founders and Young Global Leaders Alumni HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant, and Professor Pekka Himanen of the University of Art and Design Helsinki and Oxford University announced today that the Sixth Annual Global Dignity Day will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. 

More than 350,000 students, in more than 70 countries, will be taught the key principles of Global Dignity during the event.  Held annually on the third Wednesday in October, Global Dignity Day is celebrated worldwide with volunteers leading “A Course in Dignity” in classrooms. 
The announcement comes during the Global Dignity Seminar held in Norway’s capital, where His Royal Highness The Crown Prince hosted a Global Dignity Country Chair meeting at Skaugum. The two-day conference included planning on how to improve and expand the reach and focus for the event.
The Global Dignity principles were introduced during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2006. This international event began as a simultaneous global event in October 2008, starting in over twenty countries, including South Africa, India, United States, Nigeria, Turkey, Norway, Finland, Jordan, Austria, Japan, Poland, Mozambique, Mexico, England, Canada, Venezuela, China, Belgium, and Singapore.
Global Dignity is a US-Headquartered nonprofit organization, seeking to empower youth through dignity-based initiatives and the promotion of dignity-centered leadership. The core curriculum, developed to aid the organization in achieving its mission, draws "dignity stories" from each of the program participants, which are then shared in a peer-to-peer setting. These programs, known as "Dignity Days" are led by volunteer role models who aim to serve as facilitators in the dignity discussion, encouraging participants to key into the fundamentals of what dignity means to them and how to strengthen their dignity in order to be change makers in their own lives as well as in the lives of others.
Since the formation of Global Dignity more than over 150 World Economic Forum leaders have acknowledged the principles of Global Dignity, including former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari, actor Michael Douglas, musician Peter Gabriel, author of best-selling novel A Purpose Driven Life Reverend Rick Warren, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and leading economic advisor Joseph Stiglitz, and Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter.
Global Dignity sessions have been led by luminaries that include Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan and Archbishop-Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa. To date more than 1,000,000 students have participated in Global Dignity worldwide.
Potential role models are trained to instill a new, positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow. These volunteers are then matched with schools for classroom visits to talk with pupils about the importance of dignity. Facilitators can be plumbers, health-workers, bankers – anyone that wants to encourage young people become their best-self.  Volunteers are encouraged to find out more by visiting