President Emmanuel Macron of France, Mayor Ann Hidalgo of Paris and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus arrived in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 10 to meet the members of the International Olympic Committee to brief them on the preparations of Paris towards its candidature of holding the Olympics games in 2024.
Prior to the official meeting at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, Professor Yunus briefed the President on the three zero goals; zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emission, which can to be achieved through Social Business with the power of youth and technology. He highlighted the potential danger of disorder and anger in society due to continuous accumulation of wealth in fewer and fewer hands and emphasized that youth unemployment could be addressed through creating entrepreneurship. He also explained how sports and athletic events such as the Olympic games could become a powerful vehicle for social transformation in his speech.
The President congratulated Professor Yunus for receiving honorary citizenship from the City of Paris. He wished to remain updated on the work of Yunus Center Paris. He thanked Professor Yunus for advising the Olympic Bid Committee to give the event a strong social orientation.
Professor Yunus invited President Macron to address the 8th Global Social Business Summit in Paris on November 6-7 this year.