REFUGEE RUN AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Crossroads is again offering the Refugee Run at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland.
UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, passes the 'check point'
In previous years participants such as the Secretary-General of the UN, Mr Ban Ki-moon, and British tycoon, Sir Richard Branson, attended the event. So did John Harrison, deputy chair of KPMG International, Mark Parker, CEO of Nike, the head of Gucci, and many other senior figures. For a moment in time, participants were thrust into another environment, stepping ‘into the shoes’ of refugees in order to meet, through simulation, some of the struggles they face. Following the event, a debrief invited participants to discuss the refugee situation and explore ways to assist, should they so wish.
We will be co hosting this event with the UNHCR, the United Nations’ refugee agency again in January 2012.
Video courtesy of the Wall Street Journal: Sir Richard Branson takes on the Refugee Run challenge
We have hosted sessions for business people, politicians, non-profit participants, students and families. Crossroads holds the Refugee Run in Hong Kong for these groups on a regular basis and a sampling of their feedback indicates its impact.
“… a real eye opener."
“…enlightening. .. showed what media does not show…”
“…hard to put into words how big an impact it has had on me and my family….”
“…showed me how numb we become to propaganda/news… it has become a lot harder to sit on the sidelines, letting it happen.”
“…a life altering experience…”
Image above: Top UN officials in the refugee 'classroom'. From left to right: High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, UN humanitarian chief Sir John Holmes, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Video courtesy of Bloomberg
Video courtesy of ReutersPlease click here to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Refugee Run.