Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire communities to "clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment" through activities ranging from waste removal and tree planting to water and energy conservation projects.
Clean Up the World mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from more than 100 countries annually.
Getting involved is simple. Groups in any city, town or village across the globe can become a Clean Up the World Member. Membership is free* for non corporate Members and renewable annually.
Since the first Clean Up the World campaign in 1993, the improvements achieved due to the efforts of millions of concerned volunteers around the world have been astounding.
Clean Up the World Members participate in a range of Clean Up and Fix Up Projects, either in conjunction with the Clean Up the World Weekend (always the 3rd weekend in September ) or as part of a longer-term environmental project. Some examples of Clean Up the World Activities include:
Clean Up the World is a global outreach program implemented in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP assists Clean Up the World's international publicity campaign through distribution of media materials and endorsement of the program, as well as encouraging a worldwide network of environment and community groups to participate.
UNEP's mission is 'to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.'
Established in 1972, UNEP encourages sustainable development through sound environmental practices. UNEP is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with offices in Manama, Bangkok, Beijing, Osaka, Panama City, Washington DC, New York, Brasilia, The Hague, Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Bonn, Vienna and Moscow.
UNEP named Clean Up the World founder Ian Kiernan AO a Global 500 Laureate in 1993 for his local and global environmental work and leadership. He was also awarded the prestigious UNEP Sasakawa Environment Prize in 1998 for "mobilizing tens of millions of people around the globe to take responsibility for their own environment."
Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, endorses the Clean Up the World campaign
UNEP's partnership with Clean Up the world is something we are proud of. UNEP helped the campaign get started in 1993, and we have stood shoulder to shoulder ever since. We are grateful to Clean Up the World for highlighting important environmental issues, and for linking the campaign to UNEP's annual theme for World Environment Day, which we celebrate on 5 June. Clean Up the World encapsulates one fundamental idea: how to mobilize people around the world to take on the practical challenge of environmental sustainability. It sounds a very ambitious objective, but it is in our cities, our gardens, our public parks and on the beaches that each one of us can begin to make a difference.
National Executive Secretary of Youths Ahead! - Cameroon