Bike4SDGs 2017 bike ride supporting the Sustainable Development Goals goes to Hrodna

Aug 1, 2017

UNDP in Belarus invites media to cover the bike ride supporting the Sustainable Development Goals – Bike4SDGs 2017. This year the event is organized with the support of the Hrodna Oblast Executive Committee and will be held in conjunction with the Folk-Art Festival “The Augustów Canal in the Culture of Three Nations”.

Bike4SDGs 2017 bike ride is tailored to achieve the following objectives:

● Demonstrate eco-tourism potential of the Hrodna Oblast;

● Promote healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle and well-being;

● Promote “green” transport;

● Development of the inclusive society.

What: A public sports event including the 18.5 km bike ride and 6 km canoeing

When: 26 August 2017, 12:00 – 20:00

Where: Augustów Canal, Dambrouka floodgate lock, Hrodna rayon Who: More than 400 cyclists, including high-level officials, national partners, representatives of the diplomatic corps and NGOs are expected to join us on the trail.

In addition to the sports event, Bike4SDGs 2017 offers to take a journey through a collection of films screened outdoors in the framework of the Open Summer Film Festival: Global Goal # 17: Partnership for Sustainable Development. The Festival is organized by the UN Department of Public Information and will be held on 26 August 2017 at the Augustów Canal and around the City of Hrodna.

Besides, the guests of the Augustów Canal will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the activities of UNDP in Belarus by visiting the exhibition of the UNDP projects.

Journalists will have an opportunity to interview high-level officials, diplomats, UN agencies representatives, NGOs.

Moreover, Bike4SDGs2017 will be the starting point for the MIND OVER MATTER voluntary cycling campaign. The participants will cycle through Hrodna oblast to Minsk, covering around 400 km over 8 days.

MIND OVER MATTER is an effort to promote healthy lifestyles and combat the stigma of living with mental disability. The goal of the action is to facilitate mental health advocacy through collaborating with people with mental health conditions and those dedicated to making a difference by changing attitudes to mental disabilities in Belarus. The ride will also invite cyclists to discover panoramic views of rural Belarus and visit UNDP project sites, interact with local communities and explore the national culture.

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UNDP Press Office

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