An app user of the 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety campaign has connected their Strava, Fitbit or Googlefit accounts to the campaign, so that their kilometres are automatically added to the global total each time that person walks, runs or cycles.
A manual user of the 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety campaign keeps track of the kilometres they have covered on their own or using other fitness devices, and logs the distance covered on the campaign website themselves. After a manual user has signed up and pledged an initial distance, additional distances can be added easily by any manual user here.
The sign up process using Fitbit, Strava or Googlefit is explained below.
If you are using a mobile or tablet device:
If you are using a desktop or laptop:
If you experience syncing issues with your Fitbit, Strava or GoogleFit accounts, please email email@example.com and we will provide you with technical support.
Unfortunately our campaign does not yet connect with all fitness tracking devices, however you can still participate in the challenge!
Using your Google account you can download GoogleFit (on iOS or Android) to add your kilometres to the campaign. GoogleFit can access data from over 40 difference fitness apps including Runtastic, Nike Run Club and Endomondo. If you prefer to track your steps over several apps rather than just one, GoogleFit is perfect for you to join the campaign.
If you prefer not to use a fitness app, you can log your kilometres manually on our website—and you will still receive updates on your progress through the campaign and how your kilometres are making a difference for refugees.
You can add more kilometres to your total distance here. All you need to do is add your email address and the new kilometres covered, and your total will be updated.
We send you an email every Friday to let you know how many kilometres you have contributed so far to the campaign, and how your contributions are making a difference for refugees. If you are not receiving these Friday update emails, or believe that the distance recorded on your account is incorrect, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can ensure that you are receiving the right information.
If you use GoogleFit, please ensure that you open your app at least once a week so that your step data can refresh and your kilometres for the campaign can be updated.
If you are trying to add more manual kilometres to your total and an error message appears, you may have originally registered as an app user of the campaign. Please continue to use the device that you connected to the campaign to add your kilometres.
If you have registered as a manual user and cannot enter additional kilometres, please email email@example.com and we will investigate the issue.
No. None of the information that you provided to us in the campaign will be shared, published, sold or swapped to a third party. When you sign up to the campaign, your information is sent to a secure hosting environment that is only accessible via a secure login by the person or team in charge of running the campaign.
In addition, we may use your email address to target messages for you on our social media platforms and identify other people on the Internet who are most likely to support UNHCR work and help refugees. This may include uploading an encrypted list of email addresses to services such as Facebook. This data is not stored or reused by the service provider and is only held for the duration of the matching process.
Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
You can have a team page set up for your business or organisation and challenge teams in your workplace to cover the most kilometres. More and more businesses are signing up to be part of the challenge, including PwC, BBVA and Ipsos. Here is an example of what your organisation’s page could look like.
You can also encourage your workplace to donate a fixed amount for every kilometre your employees cover! This is a great way for your organisation to increase staff motivation, meet CSR requirements and most importantly, provide lifesaving support for refugees and displaced people.
To set up a team page for your organisation or to learn more about involving your workplace please contact Ruben Fierens at Fierens@unhcr.org
We are also seeking sponsors for public and financial promotion of the campaign. If your business or organisation would like to be involved as a sponsor, please contact Ruben Fierens at Fierens@unhcr.org
No! We invite people of all athletic abilities and ages to participate in the campaign. Any person covering distances by walking, running, swimming, cycling, climbing or moving with mobility aids like wheelchairs or walkers are welcome to join the campaign.
Absolutely. Every step, no matter how large or small will collectively make a big difference in helping us reach our goal of 2 billion kilometres covered in solidarity with refugees. Whether you walk to the corner shop or run a marathon, your contributions are very welcome!
Walking alongside friends, family and colleagues to advocate for the rights of a group of people is a powerful action that has happened across generations for many great causes. In today’s age of technology, we can connect more people than ever before in a virtual “march” in solidarity with the rights of refugees and displaced people.
The past decade has seen an increase in xenophobia and a decline in the willingness of countries to welcome, provide asylum to and resettle displaced people. By tracking your steps in our global campaign, you are joining together with thousands of people all around the world in a virtual march in solidarity with people forced to flee their homes. By publicly sharing your support for this campaign and inviting others to take part, you are increasing public awareness and support for the right of refugees to find safety, shelter and protection.
You will also be sending a strong message of support directly to refugees. We know that refugees are following the progress of the campaign on social media and some are taking part themselves, like Somali refugee and marathon runner Guled Nur Hussain and Syrian refugee and Olympian Yusra Mardini.
When you sign up to the campaign, your support will not end just with stepping with refugees. We will send you ideas on how you can further your support for refugees and displaced people, like how to speak to your local government and representatives about refugee issues, how being a UNHCR supporter can save lives and how you can fundraise directly for refugees.
To turn your steps into deliverable support for refugees and displaced people, you can ask your friends, family, colleagues and employers to donate money for every kilometre you cover as part of the campaign. Perhaps you are training for a 5km race, or you have committed to taking the stairs every day, or cycling to work instead of driving for a month. However you are moving in support of refugees, you can turn your steps into money raised for refugees.
Within the first 72 hours of a refugee emergency, UNHCR is on the ground to deliver life-saving reception services for up to half a million people who have fled their homes. Working with government authorities and local partners, our emergency response team quickly locates and identifies those who need urgent help to ensure that we can save as many lives as possible. We can then transfer people to more equipped locations to provide them with more comprehensive care like shelter, medical assistance, cooking sets, blankets, mats, psychological care and more.
Here are just a few examples of how your donations can help protection are care to people forced to flee.
The 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety campaign is a global campaign by UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency which first launched in Hong Kong in August 2018, followed by Japan in September 2018. Since then, the campaign has launched in The Republic of Korea, The United States, Canada, Spain, Germany, The Philippines, Malaysia, Belgium, Thailand and The United Arab Emirates (covering the Middle East and Northern Africa region). The campaign is now being promoted in 13 countries, in 10 languages with more countries due to launch in the second half of 2019.
More than 57,000 people worldwide have already signed up to step with refugees. The 1 Billion Miles/2 Billion Kilometres to Safety campaign has also attracted the support of many public figures, politicians and refugees themselves.
In Belgium, UNHCR and the Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB) join forces to take part in the '2 Billion Kilometer to Safety' campaign. "The RBFA attaches great importance to values such as respect, fair play, inclusiveness, health, sustainability and education and is therefore particularly proud to be able to support this project." Kassandra Missipo, Rocky Bushiri and Youri Tielemans, together with their teammates, regularly donate their kilometres after every game and are calling their supporters to the same.
Yes. Each story featured on this website is of a refugee or displaced person who kindly agreed to share their stories with us. Our colleagues travelled to Bangladesh, Jordan, Uganda and Ethiopia to meet these brave individuals and their families and to bring you their stories of courage and survival. Each person has their own story to tell, but they all have one thing in common—they fled violence and conflict in their homes and endured difficult journeys on foot to reach safety.
Please note that precise information about the names and locations of these individuals have not been shared for privacy and protection reasons.
UNHCR and our partners have a comprehensive registration system which includes information on where refugees or displaced people flee from and where they are now seeking asylum or refuge. By tracing the steps of the millions of people forced to flee from their countries in 2016, UNHCR has calculated that the collective distance of all these journeys is at least 2 billion kilometres.
This is our best calculation based on UNHCR population statistics of refugee and asylum seeker arrivals from January to December 2016. The people forced to flee came from 40 different countries all over the world – including South Sudan, Syria and Iraq.
In 2016, the number of displaced people was 67 million. In 2018, that number had risen to 70.8 million people. So in fact, the distance refugees and displaced people travel to find safety is now likely even higher than 2 billion kilometres. But we believe that 2 billion kilometres is an ambitious and important milestone to reach.