Over 1000 participants collected four tons of waste in UN-supported beach clean-up action

UN-supported beach cleanup campaign on the shores of Novkhany beach in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 2019 Photo: UNO Baku

BAKU, 8 June 2019 – A beach clean-up event on the shores of the Novkhany beach in capital Baku brought together more than a thousand participants, including youth activists and students, as well as representatives of UN agencies, government, civil society and private companies.

The participants collected about four tons of plastic and other types of waste, such as bottles, straws and cutlery, cans and cigarette butts. Hundreds of waste bags were submitted for recycling.

The event, dedicated to World Environment and Ocean days, was organised by the United Nations Office in Baku in collaboration with the IDEA Public Union, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Clean City state agency, Baku Transportation Agency and Azerbaijani Youth Foundation.

UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan, Ghulam Isaczai and his spouse Norma Isaczai also participated in the clean-up event.  “What a wonderful way to raise awareness and mark the #WorldEnvironmentDay2019. Glad to have partaken in it,” Mr Isaczai wrote on his Twitter account.

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