From 24 to 27 January 2019, over 200 staff and volunteers of the Let's Do It! World movement and partners gathered in Tallinn, Estonia: They reviewed and celebrated achievements of last year's World Cleanup Day which had mobilized over 17 million people worldwide on 15 September 2018, and discussed future plans and activties towards achieving a world without waste.
The organization behind the creation of the movement, Let's Do It Foundation, was awarded the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) 2018. In our "ESD Prize Blog", the Foundation's Head of Global Partnerships Merili Vares tells us more about the event:
"We kickstarted 2019 with the Clean World Conference in Tallinn, Estonia, with a forward-looking focus on the concept of the Keep It Clean Plan and its implementation, while also celebrating the amazing events of 2018, including World Cleanup Day and the UNESCO-Japan Prize. It was so wonderful to meet our amazing leaders and partners from around 100 countries.
We had very impactful and inspiring discussions, including a special session about the importance of education in bringing the Keep It Clean concept alive. Thanks a lot to Miriam and the ESD team for their participation and contribution!
During the conference, it became apparent that World Cleanup Day is unstoppable - not repeating it was not an option. At the same time, the global coordination of a world-wide event that mobilizes millions of people takes a lot of time and effort. Therefore, we decided to start rotating the coordination of the event within the movement and in 2019, our long-time cleanup coordinator Luan Hasanaj and his international team will be the main organizers of World Cleanup Day. Looking forward to see as many wonderful and powerful people taking action on World Cleanup Day, September 21 as last year. Let’s Do It!"