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More than 10,000 athletes run for human rights in New York

3 November 2018

More than 10,000 ran for human rights in New York. Among them, close to 400 runners from Team UN joined at 8:45 a.m outside the United Nations. They ran past Grand Central Terminal and Radio City Music Hall, and finished at the world-famous TCS New York City Marathon finish line in Central Park.

Carmen Palacios, International Civil Service Commission, has run several races with Team UN over the years. “It is special to run with Team UN because we help promote a positive image of the UN, we put theory into practice,” she said. “Team UN is a group of positive people united through our favourite sport - running. This race was different from others because the UN is going through a reform that needs each UN staff to be involved. I try to do my part inside and outside our Organisation. I invite all UN staff to join Team UN.”

In addition to UN staff and delegates, family and friends were also invited to join Team UN and were equally excited to hit the road. “I like this race because we run for fun and for a good cause,” said Camilla Donlon (9). She was joined by her brother Lionel (7), who liked the event for a special reason: “It’s my favourite race because it starts at my mom and dad’s office.”

  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you
  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will stand up
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.

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