Devoted to support Sustainable Development Goals and focusing on inclusion, environment, healthy lifestyle and partnership the ride in Naliboksky Nature Reserve, Valožhyn rayon of Belarus eloquently underlined Belarus’ contribution to achieving the Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The event was organized by UNDP in Belarus, Delegation of the European Union to Belarus, Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Belarus, Ministry of natural resources and environmental protection of the Republic of Belarus, the GDF Small Grants Programme and the NGO “Minsk Cycling Community”.
The total number of 588 participants from 35 countries aged between 2 and 62 was represented by Staff of the UN agencies in Belarus, diplomatic corps, international organizations, representatives of line ministries and other governmental institutions, NGOs, businesses and media people. Among the people present there were 79 people with disabilities and the people their accompanying, including 22 children and 38 persons in the wheelchairs as well as 100 volunteers helping implement the initiative.
The agenda of the event featured a wide range of events and activities.
The opening of the “Bike 4 SDGs” was followed by a 22 km long bike trail with several distance options: 2 km of the paved road, 6 km with a stopping point with the SDGs activities and the final one on the 10th km. The total number of people following the bike route including participants on handcycles was 346. The SDGs road began in the village of Pershai and finished in Bielakoriec village on the bank of the Islač river, where final activities took place.
The length of the canoeing route was around 12 km with the option to start in the village of Baravikouščyna and to finish either at one of the stopping points or directly in Bielakoriec village – the place where the bike route finished as well. The total number of 22 participants following the route were supplied with canoes, life jackets and transported to a venue of the SDGs waterway canoeing start.
During the whole event there were shuttle buses cruising between stopping points and taking on board participants who wished to stop their ride while 21 persons preferred guided nature walks.
The final part of #Bike4SDGs event took place in the village of Bielakoriec and was marked with a wide range of activities and venues:
- Forest concert for SDGs with participants of different abilities performing on stage among which 8 dancers were on wheelchairs;
- A large fair of UN agencies and #Bike4SDGs partners projects in Belarus;
- Local cuisine in the food court for all the participants;
- Educational games for children;
- SDGs bonfire brightly lit in honour of the Global Goals and other exciting SDGs activities.
The event became an efficient platform for intersectoral cooperation, SDGs advocacy, local development and reference to the upcoming #InclusiveBelarus campaign.