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UN staff run for resilience, recovery and solidarity

23 April 2013

Hoboken, April 2013- Several UN heads and a number of staff were joined by delegates from the Permanent Mission of Jamaica at the Hoboken Resilience Run in Hoboken, New Jersey on Saturday, 6 April 2013.  Their attendance at the race marked their solidarity with Hoboken and its sister city Port Maria in Jamaica, as well as with the ‘resilience runners’ who ran the race in aid of Hurricane Sandy recovery in both cities.

Of the UN staff and Jamaican delegates that attended, a number of them participated in the race and ran alongside the almost 1,000 other runners from Hoboken and surrounding towns. 

The race course started on River Street, a short distance from Hoboken’s picturesque Pier A Park, and continued along the Hudson waterfront where a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline could be seen.  The race culminated with a victory lap around Pier A, when runners gallantly sprinted through the finish line.    

The Hoboken Resilience Run was hosted by Mayor Dawn Zimmer in support of the UN Making Cities Resilient Campaign, which is led by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).  Hoboken has recently emboldened their commitment to building disaster resilience by becoming the fourth US city to sign up to the global campaign. 

Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Mr. Herman LaMont, and Charge d’affaires of the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the UN, Ms. Shorna-Kay Richards, both expressed their appreciation for the resilience run efforts and affirmed their reciprocated solidarity.

Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Chief of UNISDR, congratulated Hoboken’s Mayor on hosting the Hoboken Resilience Run, and premised that this event could be replicated by cities around the world.

“Resilient people build resilient communities.  Hoboken’s Resilience Run offers the 1,400 cities of the UN Resilient Cities Campaign an exemplary model of community engagement that harnesses the power of sports to bring people together for an important cause,” said Ms. Wahlström.

Steven Goldfinch, a programme officer at UNISDR who ran the 5k said, “It was great to see the whole community come out for a very positive event after the difficult times Hoboken has seen these past few months because of Hurricane Sandy.” 

The event’s success lies not only in the approximately $20,000 raised by the runners for hurricane recovery, but also in the global solidarity that it achieved in bringing together UN personnel, Jamaican delegates and other supporters from around the world in working towards this common cause.

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