Whole 193 Member States of the UNHabitat General Assembly of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Nairobi, adopted the resoltion positively and recommends that the UN General Assembly proclaim the date of 20 September as World Cleanup Day, to be observed annually from 2024 onwards. It is also inviting all Member States, UN organizations and other stakeholders to observe the World Cleanup Day.
The global civil society action, World Cleanup Day, takes place annually on the third Saturday in September. It is the largest bottom-up citizen movement in the world dedicated to eliminating environmental pollution and plastic waste and boosting the societal shift in societies. Every year, millions of people in 191 countries clean up streets, parks, beaches, forests, rivers, shores, and our seas of carelessly discarded waste and plastic rubbish. The campaign has seen tremendous success, with over 15 million participants from more than 190 countries participating in last year's cleanup.
“Cleanups play a key role in taking positive actions and empowering people to organize themselves around the world to clean up our planet all on the same day. Mobilizing so many people globally sets an example for the global community on the importance of coming together to change mindsets and lead the change for cleaner, healthier and more livable cities and communities”, said Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director UN-Habitat and United Nations Under-Secretary-General.
“The waste is the symptom, a cruel result of our lifestyle, which shall be designed out from the circle. World Cleanup Day aims to bring 5 % of the Earth's population to massive mobilisation to pick up the waste and to change the society's behaviour. We need to create a societal shift and to boost the cross-sectoral cooperation toward the solutions, and we need everyone's support and participation in it! We are excited to have support from all 193 member states here, to be listed on the UN official calendar,” marked Heidi Solba, President and Head of the Global Network at Let’s Do It World, organiser of the World Cleanup Day.
As a global organization, Let’s Do It World is the world's biggest environmental movement, including over 190 countries and millions of volunteers, who all stand for a cleaner world. Let’s Do It World is a global organisation and an accredited partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). The organisation is also the organiser of World Cleanup Day which unites millions of people across the globe in a marathon clean-up. The next World Cleanup Day will take place on the 16th of September 2023, when once again millions of people will unite to take another step towards a cleaner world.