Regional development

Together we stand to create more inclusive Games

Paris 2024 will partner with benchmark organisations (Yunus Centre, UNICEF, WWF) to effect lasting social changes in France and abroad.

The Games will accelerate regional development, in particular in Seine-Saint-Denis, the most youthful and cosmopolitan department in France.

New infrastructure will be created to enhance quality of life. Newly-constructed eco-neighbourhoods, renovated local sports facilities and new green spaces will endure as legacy infrastructure. The Olympic and Paralympic Village (Pleyel – Bord de Seine site) and media village (Duny/Le Bourget) will promote urban development in Seine-Saint-Denis, in particular via the construction of 4,500 housing units.

The Games will also play a key role in fostering economic development, reducing regional inequalities and promoting local employment. Paris 2024 will offer training, jobs, and degree courses to youth living in the region. As highlighted by the impact study conducted by the CDES (Centre for Sports Law and Economics), over 250,000 new jobs will be created in connection with the Games. The Paris 2024 project also anticipates building 50 new sports centres and an inclusivity-based campus in partnership with the Sport dans la ville (‘Sports in the City’) association designed to accommodate 25,000 youth from the region and proposing a unique combination of sport, education, workplace integration and entrepreneurship.

 

A true legacy for the Paris Region, the Water Polo Arena will be upgraded to set the stage for explosive action in the summer of 2024.

Developed in collaboration with Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize and expert in social economics and social justice, Paris 2024 will be the first Games to focus on solidarity and inclusivity.

Paris 2024 proposes a project shared by all, in service of the population and inspired by Muhammad Yunus’ triple zero objectives (zero poverty, zero unemployment, zero net carbon emissions):

  • Facilitate the social and professional integration of people struggling with unemployment
  • Include social enterprises in the economic dynamic of the Games

 

Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize

Paris 2024 intends to organise the most inclusive Paralympic Games in history by providing full accessibility to the people with impairments, with the genuine ambition of changing society’s gaze on disability.

This will be ensured via:

  • Spotlight on Para-athletes as well as multiple sporting and cultural events mixing abled and disabled participants in keeping with the ‘live together, play together’ theme
  • Discovery of Olympic and Paralympic sports by youth as part of the ‘Olympic and Paralympic Week’ in schools
  • Increased accessibility of transportation
  • Ease of recruitment and training for disabled volunteers
  • First 100% accessible Paralympic Village
  • A 360-degree experience for spectators (audio commentary; ticket options for accompanying persons)

 

Marie Amélie Le Fur, three-time Paralympic champion (2012, 2016)

Finally, Paris 2024 aims to facilitate the social integration of high-level athletes

In partnership with the CNOSF and the French Olympian Association and based on social business principles, Paris 2024 will implement reconversion methods and systems to ensure that all Olympians receive help with professional integration upon the conclusion of their sports career.

In collaboration with the Yunus Centre and Paris City Hall, an incubator will be established within the Centre for innovative and social economies to assist athletes with reconverting into the social economy.