UN Philippines and Partners Pedal for the Global Goals on World Bicycle Day 2022
05 June 2022
The event, called "Climate Champions Ride Bikes," drew some 250 bikers in Manila, including the diplomatic community
MANILA, 4 June 2022—The United Nations (UN) Philippines, the diplomatic community, and other partners marked World Bicycle Day at the SM Mall of Asia to make an urgent call for substantial progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, or just eight years from now.
Titled "Climate Champions Ride Bikes," the Fun Bike Ride was participated in by about 250 bikers, including UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines Gustavo Gonzalez; members of the UN Country Team in the Philippines, such as Dr. Leila Joudane, country representative of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Christopher Rollo, country programme manager of UN-Habitat; Ted Monroy, country programme manager of UNIDO; members of the diplomatic community, such as Michele Boccoz of the French Republic; Ahmed Shehabeldin Ibrahim Abdullah of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Anna Krzak-Danel and Tomasz Danel of Poland, Dalibor Micka of the Czech Republic, among others.
Gonzalez said, “This is a special event for three reasons. This is the first time ever that the UN Philippines is marking this Day. This event is also the first big public event that we are organizing since 2020. It is special because it signals our freedom to see and meet with each other face-to-face after over two years of isolation due to COVID-19.”
The UN Philippines values World Bicycle Day for the opportunity it offer to advocate for important goals of the UN and our partners, including: promotion of inclusive and green mobility; supporting the Philippines’ climate goals, particularly, reducing our carbon emissions; helping advocate for the transition to green cities; and mobilizing Filipinos to use their bicycles for trips as much as possible, with a view to adopting healthy lifestyles.
“With all of these crucial advocacies carried by World Bicycle Day, riding our bicycles is a small act with great impact on achieving national and global goals,” Gonzalez added.
World Bicycle Day was first marked on 3 June 3 2018, when the United Nations first adopted a resolution during the 72nd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in April. The declaration was adopted by more than 193 member states that encouraged them to include bicycles in regional, international, and subnational development programmes and policies. [Ends]