UN staff promotes green transport, joins national biking event

19 Dec 2013

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The Beijing chapter of the national “The Future We Want 2013” event was jointly held by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), China Business Network, and Giant Bicycles on 19 December in Yongdingmen Park. The theme of the campaign is closely in line with one of UNDP’s current principal interests – pursuing a smarter, greener urbanization path for China. Transport is an essential part of building livable cities, and cycling is one of the healthiest, most environmental friendly transport solutions. The event highlights the viability of a low-carbon lifestyle in China’s cities. UNDP hopes to promote an eco-friendly lifestyle and help meet environmental challenges through its green consumption campaign.

On the day of the event, 25 UNDP China staff members, including Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director, arrived at Yongdimen Park in Beijing and braved freezing winds to complete the bike-a-thon. The cyclists declared before starting, “For the future we want, for a better world, let’s go cycling!”

The national biking campaign has so far taken place in Hangzhou, Chengdu, Jinmen in Taiwan, Shaoxin, and many more cities. Beijing will launch additional bicycling campaigns at other venues. The China Business Network is set to broadcast a series of feature programmes on “The Future We Want 2013.”