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ICTP President welcomes Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank, to GATE Global Impact (GGI) event at UN Leaders Summit

ICTP President welcomes Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank, to GATE Global Impact (GGI) event at UN Leaders Summit (Forimmediaterelease.net) HAWAII, NEW YORK, BRUSSELS, SEYCHELLES - “A serendipity moment” according to ICTP President, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, chairing the landmark launch of GATE Global Impact’s (GGI) new investment platform during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit. He was referring to the surprise arrival of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Founder of revolutionary Grameen Bank, and his embrace of Maurice Strong, the Secretary General of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, which brought the room to its feet. http://youtu.be/hlkQUYwuGOQ

Mr Yunus arrived as actress Maria Bello was explaining how the newly created GATEwomen portal will aggregate women focused and led investor opportunities and match them to responsible capital. He gave an impromptu talk about the potential for getting micro-finance to people with bright ideas in the poorest communities. He said that for his projects – particularly those led by women – there was a 99% payback record.

Strong, the father of the modern day sustainable development movement, was supporting the launch of GATEtrip – the Tourism Responsible Investment Platform – as a way to bring Impact Investment to Green Growth based, community led projects.

The launch was highlighted with a moving presentation, showing how www.mawingu.org is delivering a direct impact in Kenya. GATE Impact Partners, will seek to accelerate the closing of the digital divide via ImpactWifi, in order to increase connectivity to the African continent and support quality education, better healthcare and the alleviation of poverty.

Finally Georg Kell, the Executive Director of UN Global Compact, announced a new partnership with GATE Global impact to support its “Action Hubs” – online meeting places for social entrepreneurs, corporations, impact investors, NGOs and policy-makers to connect and engage in collaborative action. With the launch of the UN Action Hubs, the Global Compact is providing an unparalleled online platform to assist stakeholders to efficiently identify potential collaborators and engage with them. The partnership with Gate Global Impact's GATEWAY platform moves awareness to action by integrating the ability to deploy capital with real time investment into a project of interest via GATEWAY.

All this graphically reinforced the presentations from bankers, fund managers and government agencies, on the power of the emerging Impact Investment marketplace. Vince Molinari, Founder of GGI said “A new investment and development paradigm will be unleashed as new regulation and, consumer and stakeholder demands combine with financial technology and social media in order to accelerate the global deliverance of GOOD"

Watch videos of the event here: www.youtube.com/user/NormDogFilms?feature=watch

See photos of the event on the GATE Global Impact Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.251945461596712.1073741834.248976385226953&type=1

Follow the conversation on Impact Investment, Travel&Tourism and ImpactWIFI on the GATE Global Impact Twitter page @gateimpact

ABOUT ICTP

The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. ICTP engages communities and their stakeholders to share quality and green opportunities including tools and resources, access to funding, education, and marketing support. ICTP advocates sustainable aviation growth, streamlined travel formalities, fair coherent taxation, and investments for jobs. ICTP supports the UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN World Tourism Organization's Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, and a range of programs that underpin them.

More information on ICTP: www.icp.travel

ABOUT GATE GLOBAL IMPACT

GATE Global Impact INC is an impact investing-focused electronic regulatory compliant marketplace that provides market infrastructure and related services for the emerging Impact Investment industry – public and private investments with a sustainable social and/or environmental component that also may generate a healthy rate of financial return. All securities are offered through GATE US LLC, a New York-based broker dealer and a member of FINRA and SIPC. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

More information on GATE Global Impact: www.gateimpact.com&www.gateus.com

ABOUT GATETRIP

GATEtrip – Tourism Responsible Investment Platform - aims to be the world’s premier Travel&Tourism Impact Investment platform and the first to incorporate equity-based Impact Crowdfunding, or Crowdpacting: a nascent funding mechanism that harnesses the power of the Web to connect cause to capital. GATEtrip will run on GATE Global Impact’s GATEWAY Platform: a robust, regulatory-compliant, electronic platform (marketplace) for restricted, illiquid and alternative assets.

More information on GATEtrip: www.gatetrip.com

PHOTO: Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus

MEDIA CONTACTS: International Coalition of Tourism Partners, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, Chairman, Phone: +1-808-566-9900, jts@tourismpartners.org ; Geoffrey Lipman, President, gl@tourismpartners.org ; Marie-Julie Chaput, Membership Liaison, mjc@tourismpartners.org

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