Paris 2024 Aiming for “Zero” Carbon Emissions, Poverty, & Unemployment

The Paris 2024 Organizing Committee, led by three-time French Olympian and Olympic rowing champion Tony Estanguet, is set to sign an agreement tomorrow (May 23rd, 2018) with the aim of achieving “triple zero” by eliminating carbon emissions, poverty, and unemployment in the French capital.

Estanguet and the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee will sign the agreement alongside the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo. Also signing the agreement will be Eric Pliez, President of SAMU Social de Paris. SAMU, which has chapters in major cities across the globe, is an organization dedicated to providing emergency medical and nursing services to the homeless and other disenfranchised populations.

Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, founder of Grameen Bank, and philanthropist famous for utilizing microfinance and microloans to entrepreneurs who are too poor to get credit from traditional banks will also attend the meeting.

Paris 2024 and the other organizations signing the agreement will pledge themselves to working with social entrepreneurs and socially-responsible capitalists (think TOMS Shoes or Warby Parker Eyeglasses). The purpose of the agreement is to provide jobs for vulnerable members of the public.

Paris 2024 and the Yanus Center have already been working together since 2016 when they signed an agreement during the Olympic Bidding process. The bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, which ultimately came down to a decision to give Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028, was characterized in many ways by each city’s willingness to involve its populace in the process, ensuring that residents of each host city actually benefit from the Games–historically, the Olympics and other major sporting events have done the opposite and retroactively harmed local economies when the events conclude.

An economic impact study done by the Centre for Law and Economics of Sports (CDES) at the University of Limoges that potentially 250,000 jobs could be created between the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with up to €10.7 in economic benefits for France. With so much work becoming available, the organizations signing this agreement are optimistic that under-represented groups will be able to find work, and after the Games, further integrate into the workforce.

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Well, everyone knows that if you want to eliminate something undesirable like poverty or unemployment, just make it illegal. That always works.


What are you on about? No one said anything about making anything illegal.


That seems to be the go-to solution lately for eliminating things people don’t like. Just figured ol’ Par’ee might want to give it a go. No consultation fee needed.


Leave it to random conservative commenters to find ways to complain about a completely commendable goal. Making the planet a better place is an evil deep state librul plot amirite.


Like when Governor Rick Scott in Florida banned the terms climate change or global warming in government documents?

These seem like worthy goals though… Not sure why people are throwing shade here. Sure, these are pretty bold commitments, almost impossible to reach in 6 years. But better than ignoring the issues and making no commitments to tackling them.


IMO they should try addressing the rat problem first.


Kind of like Seattle. They pushed for the tech companies and now there are homeless people. So, they tax Amazon and company. Amazon and company drive up the price of housing which is partially to blame for the homeless situation. Gee, they had less of this when they had companies like Boeing. Oh well. N

The Boi Swim

Or start a purge


Perfectly balanced. As all things should be.

Joe Bagodonuts

That’s how we got rid of drugs and crime.


This is laughable. I never realized all that was needed to solve a problem was to sign an agreement that aims to eliminate a perceived problem. While they’re at it, they should sign an agreement that aims to eliminate murder, rape, drug use, child abuse, terrorism, drunk driving, littering, theft, assault, etc… Only the so-called “masterminds” who wish to rule over us plebes would announce something as ridiculous as this agreement. What a joke. I can’t wait to see the success that results from this noble agreement.

Coach Hoppe

Let me get this straight.You think their objectives are futile and you can’t wait to see them fail in spite of the fact that they are communicating a desire to do good deeds? Are you from the dark side?


Yes you are correct. They are futile and they will fail. And with all do respect, I don’t care about government officials’ and bureaucrats’ desires to do “good deeds” or their so-called “good intentions”, I’m interested in results not alleged motives or feelings. Their objectives are absurd: there will always be some unemployment, poverty, and hopefully carbon emissions because people are inherently different. Any and every top-down government policy designed to eliminate or reduce unemployment and poverty is a disaster. And I don’t even agree that eliminating carbon emissions is a good thing; I want more carbon emissions as that is indicative of human progress and higher standards of living, particularly in the third world. If you want to reduce… Read more »


I think you’re probably looking at this from a very American perspective.

France has a “top down” political structure, in which the State apparatus (as opposed to the government of the day) is trusted to run vast swathes of the country’s industry and change comes from a parliamentary statute instigating wider societal change, rather than the reverse.

In that system, a government declaration to do something is seen as the natural means by which societal change comes about.

Justin Thompson

If it was as easy as that why did it take so long to make this declaration?


Probably because government initiatives in democratic societies require public support, and it’s taken time and a lot of work to raise public consciousness around large issues like climate, inequality and poverty. These problems have been consistently exacerbated in wealthy nations since the 1970s, so people are understandably more aware and concerned about them today.

But there are still people like yourself and BGNOLE97 who prefer to naysay good (albeit flawed) initiatives, with comments like “I applaud the initiative but prefer to complain about it because it’s unrealistic,” instead of showing support or suggesting improvements to the initiative. It’s easier to just criticize without making meaningful contributions…

Joe Bagodonuts

I think the point is that such grand pronouncements, announced with fanfare, shimmering lights, and in recognition of the full-on virtue-signaling that they engender, are, in and of themselves, of no value. I am highly skeptical of their ability to achieve any of the 3 – although I am certain that they will declare that they have . . . . .


Valid point to an extent, but everyone knows politicians make grand pronouncements and don’t keep their promises… Better to look into the details of the proposal to make valid critiques, rather than dismissing it all as useless. The agreement didn’t come out of thin air. There are actual actionable elements to the proposal. And it’s a public commitment, which means the public can and should pressure the politicians and hold them accountable. People can choose to complain about the spectacle of it all, or to see it as a step towards goals that most of the population value: stable/healthy environment, poverty reduction, meaningful employment etc. I actually see potential value in the initiative, despite all its flaws. But I see… Read more »

Justin Thompson

Signing an agreement is one thing, executing and being successful is another. Appauld the intent, but also realize from history that politicians often state intent without deleivering.


I think it’s a great goal and it’s a great contrast to see this as the standard compared to some other host countries of the past. I think the promising thing is that it’s going to be largely free market driven rather than government mandated. It would great to see the olympics be restored as a net positive to cities rather than the opposite.

Joe Bagodonuts

So long as the jobs created carry a 12.83 Euros minimum wage, I’m ok with it.


Mostly agree, except for the blanket insinuation that free markets generally produce better results than government policy, particularly when the issues are environment (carbon/climate in this case) and inequality or poverty… The evidence shows the opposite. Not saying markets aren’t useful, just that when it comes to environmental and inequality issues, you can’t just leave it up to “free markets” (in any meaningful sense of the term). Policy is required.

Joe Bagodonuts

Free-market economic systems do not have, as one of the intended outcomes, any intent to yield “equality.” What they provide is an environment that lets individual players pursue their own, unique interests to the best of their ability – with the individual innovator being free to succeed or fail on their own. Guaranteed “equality” of outcomes (however that is defined!) is an even bigger unicorn that is impossible to achieve and only guarantees misery and free-riders abound. Not sure if you’re American, but tell me how much good all the economic redistribution over the last 60 years has done to eradicate poverty in the US?


Well, first of all, the Golden Age of Capitalism, when progressive taxation and redistribution were at its highest ended in the 1970s (The marginal income tax for the highest income bracket was around 90% in the 1940s-50s, 70% in the 1970s, and is around 35% today). The effective corporate tax has also been steadily declining since the 1940s. Feel free to fact check. Meanwhile, inequality really began increasing drastically during The Great Moderation beginning in the late 1970s/early 1980s through the present, as a result of neoliberal policies of deregulation (in many sectors, but particularly in the financial sector), international trade agreements that shifted manufacturing jobs abroad, and worker union suppression that decreased worker bargaining power… So your question is… Read more »


Swisher – to your first comment, those were the tax rates, but you have to look at actual receipts. Many Economist have done this and found that clearly these high rates were never paid. They found loopholes and the effective tax rates for these high earner were drastically reduced.


I don’t doubt it, but the point remains that redistribution through progressive taxation is lower today than it was in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, while inequality is undoubtedly higher…

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