In partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Geneva Business School is organizing a global challenge which will see our Geneva, Barcelona, and Madrid campuses compete with each other as part of the UNHCR’s 2 Billion Kilometers to Safety campaign. 

By signing up with your running app, such as Fitbit, Strava, and GoogleFit, students can join the global collective effort to hit the 2 billion kilometer mark. You can either run, walk, or cycle to reach your goal, as long as you cover those kilometers. 

Two key dates to bear in mind for the event are:

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – To mark the launch of the challenge, a UNHCR representative will visit each campus to present the campaign to our students.
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 – As the challenge ends, the individual winners and winning campus will be announced.

How does the Geneva Business School competition work?

The UNHCR-Geneva Business School challenge is simple. Between October 9 and December 18, participants have to cover as many kilometers as possible, either by running, walking, or cycling. The 2 Billion Kilometers to Safety campaign is a great way for students to engage in a great humanitarian project while keeping fit. 

Campuses will compete against each other to see which one can cover the most kilometers. Each campus will have a website where students can track their progress, and the winning city will be given the opportunity to organize the next challenge.

There is also an individual competition for the top fitness fanatic at the School. And of course, where there is a challenge, there must be a reward. 

The prize for the greatest individual distance completed on each campus is a ticket to attend The Nansen Refugee Award in 2020. This is a fantastic opportunity, as business has steadily become closer to humanitarian projects and will no doubt continue to do so in the future.

Why 2 Billion Kilometers?

The UNHCR recently calculated that refugees from all over the world cover a collective distance of 2 billion kilometers per year. To put that in perspective, 2 billion kilometers would get you to the Sun and back over 6 times. For more information on why this cause is so important, the Step With Refugees website shares the stories of the real people behind the statistics

A great way to contribute to this excellent cause is through a sponsorship project with family, friends, classmates, or colleagues. Students can set targets for themselves, with sponsors agreeing to donate a certain amount when they hit those targets. 

If you aren’t a Geneva Business School student but still want to get involved, don’t worry! Anybody can join the 2 Billion Kilometers to Safety campaign by following this link.