The 8th annual Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) kicked off in Paris, France on Monday for the first time bringing together over 700 delegates from around the world.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is hosting the Summit organised by Yunus Centre, Grameen Creative Lab, Germany and the Paris Mayor's office.
The theme for this year’s Summit is: ‘New Wave of Hope!’
With the participation of delegates from the private sector, civil society, governments and academia, the event is fostering discussion, collaboration and the sharing of best practices around social business and its positive impact, said a Yunus Centre press release.
While inaugurating the event, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo acknowledged Professor Muhammad Yunus' contribution to the entire world through his work for poverty alleviation, ensuring 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 to make Paris world’s social business city.
Queen Sofia of Spain, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Maria Theresa, Deputy Mayor of Paris Antoinette Guhl, UN Assistant Secretary General for SDGs Thomas Gass and President of World Business Council Perer Bakker were present at the inauguration ceremony.
The Mayor of Paris formally handed over the honorary citizenship of the French capital to Professor Yunus at the inaugural session of the Summit.
The Summit focuses on the following topics -- Food and its Value, Plastic Pollution, Solidarity and Refugees and Paris 2024 Olympic Games.