|Published : 12 Mar 2017, 21:17:25 | Updated : 12 Mar 2017, 21:23:21|
Yunus makes bid to see Paris Olympics most inclusive ever
Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo joined 100 of France’s leading social business entrepreneurs and organisations on Friday to explore innovative ways to make the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympic Games the most inclusive ever.
The meeting, held at Paris’ City Hall, provided a forum for ideas to be exchanged that will now be developed over the coming months at Yunus Centre at Les Canaux, the hub for social and innovation economy start-ups in the French capital.
Prof Yunus joined the big gathering of French flagship start-ups as keynote speaker.
The Nobel Peace Laureate said that he was impressed by the level of enthusiasm displayed by the entrepreneurs and start-ups involved in Friday’s gathering of minds. He said there was a real sense of purpose and a clear desire from those involved to support the Paris Olympics 2024 bid and make the Games as socially responsible and inclusive as possible.
The micro-credit pioneer also expressed his hope to see Paris as the global hub for social business in the coming days riding on the enthusiasm and policy support. He urged the entrepreneurs to be creative.
“As an entrepreneur we can solve any problem that is in front of us. We can solve any problem of the world if we decide to use our creative power”, he told the audience.
Paris 2024 Olympics aim to be a model of inclusion, sustainable development and social innovation -- building on the city’s global leadership in social business, the sharing economy and smart city thinking.
Mayor Hidalgo held a separate Strategy Session with Prof Yunus and her top executives. They came up with several key decisions to make Paris Olympics unique in history. The Mayor thanked Yunus for opening Yunus Centre in Paris which will promote social business in France and wider Europe. – source press release