GCU Chancellor promotes social and environmental goals during torch relay

08 August 2016

GCU Chancellor promotes social and environmental goals during torch relay

Professor Yunus promoted three significant social and environmental goals.

Professor Muhammad Yunus promoted three significant social and environmental goals while carrying the Olympic Torch through Rio.

During his 200-metre walk, Professor Yunus −Nobel Laureate and Chancellor of GCU −held the torch in one hand and held up three fingers of the other hand to symbolise the goals of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.

Crowds of local men, women and children took videos and pictures to capture the historical event in their neighbourhood. Many in the crowd recognised Professor Yunus as the founder of microcredit, which is in use across Brazil.

At the end of the walk, he passed on the flame to Ms Michelle Jean, former Governor General of Canada and the present Secretary General of the Union of Francophone Countries.

He was invited to carry the Olympic Torch during the final leg of its journey throughRio on Thursday, August 4, by the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.

During his time in Brazil, Professor Yunus also addressed the International Olympic Committee (IOC), attended by representatives of the national Olympic Committees from around the world.

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