In recognition of the power of collective action and global environmental awareness, World Cleanup Day is set to secure the honor of a place on the prestigious United Nations Calendar! It’s been quite a journey, in which the Let's Do It World movement has spanned continents, capturing the energy and attention of individuals, organizations, and nations to unite in a shared vision: a clean and healthy planet.
The latest steps in this journey have seen a series of side events coinciding with the UN Habitat General Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, held from June 5th-9th. These events were curated to resonate with the global community, showcasing the power of World Cleanup Day to transform environments and inspire minds.
On June 4th, the first of the events unfolded as Let's Do It Kenya joined together with the Nairobi City County Government for a clean-up and celebration at Uhuru Park. With UN delegates and volunteers taking part, the event merged cleanup activities with awareness campaigns and tree planting. This combination of hands-on action and awareness-raising underlined the importance of tackling waste pollution.
June 8th saw a panel discussion take place, co-hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia and Let's Do It World NGO. Held during the UN Habitat General Assembly, this event brought together expert voices—including Mr. Kaupo Heinma, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of the Environment Estonia, and H.E. Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat—to deliberate on the importance of World Cleanup Day within the context of broader environmental goals.
July 12th brought the hosting of the side event "Waste Wise Cities: Mobilizing 1000 Cities through cleanup activities to Achieve SDG 11.6.1", during the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). Co-organized by the Estonian government and UN-Habitat, this event highlighted World Cleanup Day's alignment with Sustainable Development Goal 11.6.1—a testament to the movement's ambition and impact.
On July 15th, a UN HLPF Cleanup took place at Hunters Point Park South in New York. Organized by Let's Do It World, this event joined forces with National Cleanup Day and New York's talented artists. By converging artistic expression with collective action, this event represented the global movement's power to harness culture to inspire change.
The recommendation to proclaim September 20th as a day of global action in the fight against waste and pollution signifies a watershed moment for World Cleanup Day and its global movement of tireless change-makers. This recognition on the UN Calendar will amplify the network’s reach and therefore its power to make an impact.
And Let’s Do It World’s impact extends well beyond dates and resolutions. It harnesses the power of unity in fostering change—transcending borders, languages, and backgrounds. With World Cleanup Day on the cusp of this United Nations recognition, the movement stands strong in its collective vision and purpose—and in its unswaying commitment to a cleaner, more sustainable future!