20 Km of Brussels - Join our UN Migration Team!

Brussels - In collaboration with the United Nations Regional Information Center (UNRIC), the UN Migration Agency (International Organization for Migration – IOM) is setting up for the 4th time a team, the UN Migration Team, to run&walk under the colours of the Together campaign at the 20 Km of Brussels. A major event in Belgium, taking you on a journey through Brussels’ most beautiful monuments and parks, on Sunday, the 28th of May 2017 (10 am).

We would be extremely glad to include YOU, your colleagues/other professional contacts/friends/family in our team! Belgium Plays 4 Peace is also running with us this year, another good reason to join forces!

TOGETHER is a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. Aimed at changing perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, the campaign was initiated during the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on September 19th 2016.

The 20 km of Brussels is getting together runners and joggers from 121 different nationalities! Even if you are not a top runner or if you come from abroad, you are welcome to join our team. You have the possibility to run or walk, at your own pace. You have 4 hours to finish the event.

During this event, the UN Migration Team will convey the following message: “Together, we can change the narrative, in support of non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants”. The team will include, among others migrants, UN agencies and partners, the general public, and possibly public figures.

What will you get if you join our team?

  • a special designed T-shirt

  • training sessions (dates will be confirmed to all registered participants)

  • refreshments before and after the race

  • a nice team picture

  • cheerleaders – and photographers - along the route

  • last but not least J: a lot of fun and meeting with amazing people!!

If you still hesitate, have a look at our photo albums of previous editions: 2016, 2015 & 2014.

How to register?

  1. Send your name/surname/name of your organization/contact details to IOMBrusselsCOCommunications@iom.int by the 24th of March

  2. Register online here as of the 25th of March, mentioning ‘UN Migration’ in the field ‘team name’. Kindly note that registrations are self-paid (25 € to be paid on the bank account of Brussels’ Promotion – banking details will be sent to you by the organizers once you register online)

As a prelude to this team challenge, you are all cordially invited to the Brussels Play 4 Pace Event taking place at Tour&Taxi on 25-26 March under the patronage of UNESCO. The aim of this event is to raise awareness of the general public about the power of sport as an instrument of peace, dialogue and education. More info and registration here: http://play4peace.be/events?id=2 (French); http://nl.play4peace.be/events?id=8 (Dutch).

More info: Géraldine d’Hoop, IOM Country Office in Brussels, gdhoop@iom.int; 02/287 74 12.