The historic agreement signing ceremony between Yunus Centre Paris and the organizers of Paris Olympics and Paralympics 2024 to transform the Olympic Games event to being inclusive and solidarity-driven was signed on 23 May at the Stade de France where the Olympics will take place. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Yunus, Laura Flessel, French Minister of Sports and Culture, a seven time Olympic gold medalist, Anne Hidalgo, President of SOLIDEO and Mayor of Paris, Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, and Eric Pliez, President of Les Canaux were present at the agreement signing ceremony .
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has signed this Wednesday, May 23, 2018 an agreement with the organizers and financiers of Paris Olympics and Paralympics 2024 to transform the Olympic Games event to being inclusive and solidarity-driven. For the first time in the history of the Game, Paris Olympics 2024 is going to be held as an Olympics focusing on social business and the circular economy. It will be done through the creation of IMPACT 2024. IMPACT 2024 is designed as a platform to galvanize the strengths of the global sporting event for creating social impact. Paris 2024 and the SOLIDEO are partnering with the Yunus Centre and Les Canaux to achieve this goal.
Through Impact 2024, the partnership will leverage the sporting event to further social, environmental and solidarity-based businesses, help create jobs to support the most vulnerable and marginalized communities and utilize the rich solidarity-based business ecosystem in the region. To mark his commitment to the Game’s goal of sustainability and legacy, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate had been at the venue of Olympic 2024 along with Laura Flessel-Colovic, French Minister of Sports and Culture, a seven time Olympic gold medalist, Anne Hidalgo, President of SOLIDEO and Mayor of Paris, Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, and Eric Pliez, President of Les Canaux where the agreement with Yunus Centre was signed. During the signing ceremony the Mayor Hidalgo called this occasion an historic occasion because from this moment count down has begun to translate a dream of social Olympic into s reality in the coming six years.
Through this agreement, the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will receive advice and inspiration from Professor Yunus and move towards achieving the goal of a world of three zeros: zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions. In this regard, the expertise of Yunus Centre Paris and Yunus Sports Hub will be channeled to allow Les Canaux, supporting the social economy ecosystem, to kick-start IMPACT 2024. The activities will be overseen by a strategic steering committee comprised of the signatories, including Professor Yunus.
During his visit to Paris, Professor Yunus had meetings with several organizations and individuals supporting sports for inclusivity. He held meeting with Detlef Dumon, President of ICSSPE (International Council for Sports Science and Physical Education). It is the world’s largest network of institutions concerned with sports, sports science, and physical education and an associated body of the UNESCO that accounts for millions of people. Professor Yunus also met with Kabubu, one of the teams to be rewarded at the Hackathon on sports and refugees. The Hackathon was organized by Paris 2024 and Techfugees to facilitate access of sports for refugees and add to the inclusivity dimension. The Professor also had a meeting with Decathlon & Sports Heroes Group.
Professor Yunus delivered a lecture to master class students in HEC Paris and later had dinner with the HEC Paris team. He has also attended the launch of University of Sorbonne Chair for Sustainable Cities that will work to mobilize entrepreneurship and innovation. Professor Yunus further held discussion with Pierre Dubuc, CEO and Marine Plossu, Project Leader of OpenClassrooms, a leading online education platform in France. He spoke about his engagement with Paris 2024, his ambitions and recommendations to make it a successful event in an interview with Sandrine Lefevre of Le Parisien. He was also interviewed by Patrick Honauer, renowned entrepreneur of Food Network, to discuss on social gastronomy movement that reconnects people and food.
He held meetings with the high officials of global headquarters of BNP Paribas Bank the largest bank of Europe to organize financing of social businesses which will be created in France in the coming years. The bank is already getting ready with a dedicated staff and ear-marked a large amount of money to finance social businesses.