Keep Juba Clean is a clean-up campaign in South Sudan’s largest city, Juba. It is helping to create a sustainable waste management system for Juba which can be replicated in other urban areas.
The then President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir, launched the clean-up initiative on 23 November 2009, declaring the day a public holiday. He was accompanied in picking up the first pieces of litter by state officials and more than 16,000 volunteers.
UNEP has provided ongoing support ever since, including the purchase of 300 “wheelie” garbage bins – the first for Juba – with funding from the Italian Development Cooperation, and the introduction of waste management contracts.
It is widely recognised that cleanliness in Juba has improved in recent times, although much work remains to be done.