The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team continues to use the bike as a platform to advocate for the diabetes community.
New York, NY (June 4, 2019) — Team Novo Nordisk headlined the United Nations Second Annual World Bicycle Day on June 3rd. The event celebrated the versatility, reliability and sustainability of the bicycle, and Team Novo Nordisk used the opportunity to share its mission to inspire, educate and empower everyone affected by diabetes.
The special event was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in the North Lawn Park and included keynote speakers from the United Nations, Team Novo Nordisk CEO and Co-Founder Phil Southerland, Founder of World Bicycle Day Dr. Leszek Sibilski and Team Novo Nordisk athletes Brais Dacal and Becky Furuta. The event was co-organized by Canada, Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Liechtenstein and Turkmenistan.
“To be at the United Nations and work together towards a common goal is a dream come true,” said Southerland. “Exercise is the billion-dollar drug that never gets prescribed, and it’s a big step that the UN is using the bike as part of its strategy to achieve success with its Sustainable Development Goals.”
Southerland concluded the event with a call to action. He requested the global leaders help mobilize funding so that all governments had the resources available to allow for equal access to care.
Tweets from the Day:
Happy #BicycleDay! I am very honored to be here today w/@UN family & inspiring cycling advocates to celebrate the contributions of this humble machine to human health, social & economic mobility, road safety and #ClimateAction! #BicyclesChangeLives #UN4ALL pic.twitter.com/59FluLLXsT
— UN GA President (@UN_PGA) June 3, 2019
— Karel van Oosterom (@KvanOosterom) June 3, 2019
Happy World 🚲 Bicycle Day! So….’get on your bike!!!!’ Proud to have a 🥝 kiwi, Hamish, in the novo nordisk team. A pro cycling team overcoming diabetes👏 @UN_PGA #Turkmenistan @AkbaruddinIndia @blais_louise @LiechtensteinUN @DTDjani @BahrainMsnNY #June3WorldBicycleDay. @NZUN pic.twitter.com/mq1KCWe6zL
— Craig Hawke (@CraigHawkeNZ) June 3, 2019
Bicycles Breakthrough Barriers 🚲
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) June 4, 2019
🇮🇩 Proud to take part in World Bicycle Day. Amb. @dtdjani with Ambassador of Bahrain, Turkmenistan, Canada, Liechtenstein, and India are actively supporting a healthy lifestyle and promoting eco-friendly transportation #IndonesianWay #Worldbicycleday pic.twitter.com/2OFZntk2t6
— Indonesian Mission UN (@indonesiaunny) June 4, 2019
— Martin Hermann (@BilleHermann) June 3, 2019
🇱🇻full support to 🇹🇲🇱🇮🇮🇳🇮🇩🇧🇭organisers of #June3WorldBicycleDay at 🇺🇳#UN.🚲is an invaluable means of happiness,clean transportation,recreation, treatment against diseases, e.g.diabetes. @Talis_L @Vinkele @AkbaruddinIndia @DTDjani pic.twitter.com/y4g1Bh5i6d
— Andrejs Pildegovičs (@APildegovics) June 3, 2019
— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) June 4, 2019