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Arshad Khan
Country Programme Manager

Keep Juba Clean is a clean-up campaign in South Sudan’s largest city, Juba. It is helping to raise awareness among the residents of the city about sound waste management practices. This campaign is being organised by Juba City Council in Juba every year with collaboration of the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Health, UNEP, UNICEF and other partners.

The first Keep Juba Clean campaign was organised by UNEP in collaboration with Juba City Council which was launched by the President of the then Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir, on 23 November 2009. He was accompanied in picking up the first pieces of litter by state officials and more than 16,000 volunteers.

UNEP has been providing ongoing support to Juba City Council in addressing the issue of waste management since then, including the purchase of 300 “wheelie bins” garbage bins – the first for Juba – with funding from the Italian Development Cooperation, and the introduction of a waste collection service by the private sector in 2011.

It is recognised that cleanliness in Juba has improved in recent times, although much work remains to be done. The most recent Keep Juba Clean campaign was launched on 15 June 2015, as part of preparations for the 4th Anniversary of the independence of the Republic of South Sudan, celebrated on 9th July 2015.