Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) Kicks off in Paris

Press Release

8th edition of this summit is being held with the theme ‘New Wave of Hope!’

Mayor of Paris Ms Anne Hidalgo officially presenting 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with the citizenship of Paris city at the venue of Global Social Business Summit 2017, International University Campus Paris (Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris). 

Paris (France), November 6, 2017–  The 8th annual Global Social Business Summit(GSBS) kicks off today in Paris for the first time bringing together more than 700 delegates from around the world. Participants came from the private sector, civil society, governments and academia, the event will foster discussion, collaboration and the sharing of best practices around social business and its positive impact.

While inaugurating the summit, Paris Mayor Ms Anne Hidalgo acknowledged and thanked Professor Muhammad Yunus' contribution for the entire world through his work for poverty alleviation, gender equality and environment. She also appreciated Professor Yunus’ initiative to bring sports and social business together by supporting Paris to host the Summer Olympic 2024 as the first ever social business centric Olympic. The Mayor reaffirmed her commitment for making Paris world’s social business city during her speech.

Present were at the inauguration of the summit HM Queen Sofia of Spain, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg HM Maria Theresa,  Mayor of Paris Anna Hidalgo, Deputy Mayor of Paris Antoinette Guhl, Thomas Gass, UN Asst. Secretary General for SDGs and Perer Bakker , President of World Business Council .

Mayor of Paris formally handed over the honorary citizenship of the French capital Prof. Yunus at the inaugural session of the summit.

Main topics to be covered in this year's GSBS edition include:

Food and its Value – Speakers will discuss how to make the food industry more sustainable and solidary, notably regarding catering to create inclusive Olympic Games, and debate social business gastronomy projects.

Plastic Pollution – Covering the growing environmental pollution caused by plastic waste, talks will revolve around coastal and marine protection, and how to improve recycling and waste management by social business.

Solidarity and Refugees – This theme aims at discussing project fostering more human solidarity and notably towards the climate and war refugees around the world, how to create social business solutions to support refugees.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games – Debates and workshops will discuss & design solutions on how to guarantee the inclusiveness and impact of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games through social business.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Global Social Business Summit 2017in Paris with Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Mayor of Paris Ms Anne Hidalgo, and Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain. (From left to right)

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