LOS ANGELES (August 9, 2011)–The Global Dignity (GD) co-founders, and Young Global Leader alumni, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway; Professor Pekka Himanen; and Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant today announced the addition of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as a member of the Global Dignity Honorary Board and plans to celebrate the Fourth Annual Global Dignity Day on Thursday, October 20th 2011. On this day, youth around the world will unite to discuss the importance of dignity and self-esteem, and why it is important to incorporate into their lives.

“We are honored to include our newest member of the Global Dignity Honorary Board, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu”, John Hope Bryant said. “His presence will help bring a global awareness to the importance of leading a dignified life.”

Tutu has been active in the defense of human rights since the fight to end Apartheid in South Africa. In 1975 he was appointed Dean of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg, the first black to hold that position. From 1976 to 1978 he was Bishop of Lesotho, and in 1978 became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. He has received several prestigious awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987, the Sydney Peace Prize (1999) the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

Other members of the Global Dignity Honorary Board include:

  • Ambassador Andrew Young
  • Professor Amartya Sen
  • President Martti Ahtisaari
  • Sir Richard Branson

In addition to joining the Global Dignity Honorary Board, Tutu will also be take part with fellow Board Member President Ahtisaari, the GD co-founders and other distinguished guests at the Global Dignity Forum held on October 19th in Helsinki, Finland.

GD is tied to the work of the World Economic Forum, as part of the Young Global Leaders’ mission to build a better world. Since the founding of GD in 2005, more than 60,000 youth in 45 countries around the world have participated in sessions held concurrently that promote dignity, tolerance and respect as well as build appreciation for cultural differences.

To participate in Global Dignity Day 2011, please contact Shannon Campbell atShannon.Campbell@operationhope.org.

About Global Dignity

Global Dignityis an independent, non-political organization focused on empowering individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Established in 2005, by Young Global Leaders HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryantand Professor Pekka Himanen, GD is linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum, in  which leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society join efforts to improve the state of the world. Based on five dignity principles, the initiative inspires respect, self-esteem and tolerance of diversity. Each year since 2008, October 20th is celebrated as Global Dignity Day. To join the movement, or learn more visit, www.globaldignity.org