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MEDIA RELEASE - 4 June 2010

MEDIA RELEASE - 4 June 2010

New report shows partnerships enable more people to clean up the world

Sydney, Australia – In support of World Environment Day (WED) 2010, Clean Up the World will today launch their global Activity Report, highlighting the global reach of the campaign and signifying the strength of partnerships in achieving positive impacts on the environment.

The report summaries the environmental achievements of its global participants in 2009 across 124 countries, and recognises the importance of partners in achieving the Clean Up the World mission to “clean up, fix up and conserve our environment”.

“World Environment Day is about advocating partnerships and this report demonstrates that the best environmental results come through building strong alliances. We partner with the United Nations Environment Programme on a global level and communities and organisations at a local level to protect the environment for current and future generations,” said Ian Kiernan AO*, Chairman and Founder of Clean Up the World.

WED, held each year on 5 June, is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to stimulate world-wide positive action for the environment. The launch of the Clean Up the World Activity Report will be just one of hundreds of events taking place around the globe by campaign participants as part of WED.

“The United Nations Environment Programme is proud to be a long-standing partner of Clean Up the World.....Its mission, its ethos and its global reach make Clean Up the World one of our most significant partners,” said Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme. 

The Clean Up the World campaign is a year-round operation with a celebratory weekend held each September. Last year over 800 organisations around the world, mobilising an estimated 35 million volunteers, took part.

“Without the support of our partners and participants we would not have been able to build the platform that allows tens of millions of people to volunteer their time, energy and enthusiasm for a better environment,” Kiernan continued. 

The campaign has grown steadily since the inaugural event in 1993 and last year saw the highest participation in the campaign’s history. Activities ranged from cleaning up small villages to national clean up events. Across many regions, communities also implemented recycling programmes, energy conservation, tree planting and awareness raising activities.

Clean Up the World Weekend will be held on 17 – 19 September 2010. In support of the United Nation’s 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, Clean Up the World is encouraging its participants across the globe to conduct environmental activities with a focus on protecting biodiversity in their communities.

To register for 2010 or to read the report, visit www.cleanuptheworld.org. Registration is free and participants receive information and materials to assist with the promotion and implementation of environmental activities.

“By joining Clean Up the World, communities become part of a movement for positive change for the environment,” concluded Kiernan.

Clean Up the World is a campaign held in conjunction with Primary Partner UNEP. Supporters in 2009 included The Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brambles, Marriott International, Armor, and Qantas. 2009 Allies were the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). 2009 Ambassadors were Céline Cousteau, David De Rothschild and Arron Wood.



* AO Order of Australia awarded for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large.

About Clean Up the World
Based in Sydney, Clean Up the World is an Australian initiative created in the wake of the success of Clean Up Australia Day, first held in 1990. It is a not-for-profit, non-government, apolitical organisation that unites communities with a common focus to clean up the world.
Detailed information about the campaign and 2009 activities in your area/country is available at http://www.cleanuptheworld.org/en/PastActivities/activity-report-2009.html . Photographs are available on request to info@cleanuptheworld.org  

About World Environment Day
World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. The World Environment Day theme selected for 2010 is “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” which echoes the urgent call to conserve the diversity of life on our planet. For more details visit http://www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/

Key findings from the 2009 Activity Report
In 2009, the majority of Clean Up the World participants were from non-government organisations (43%), local community and family groups (19%) and educational entities (15%), along with government, business and other organisations. Regional specific statistics are below.

805 organisations from 124 countries* registered in 2009.
*countries include geographically significant areas.

Asia Pacific
253 organisations registered in 2009, making up 31% of participants.
34 Participating countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Kiribati, Korea (Republic of), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines (Republic of), Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

The Americas
217 organisations registered in 2009, making up 27% of participants.
26 Participating countries: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).

210 organisations registered in 2009, making up 26% of participants.
33 Participating countries: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania (United Republic of), Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

97 organisations registered in 2009, making up 12% of participants.
21 Participating countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

West Asia
28 organisations registered in 2009, making up 3% of participants.
10 Participating countries: Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.