UNDP takes part in “Giving Tuesday” and launches its “Let’s Make Our Municipality Cleaner and Greener” initiative in five municipalities in the Northern Governorates
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined today the global Giving Tuesday initiative, launching a local campaign in selected Jordanian Northern municipalities affected by the heavy influx of Syrian refugees, which exerted formidable pressure on municipal services, particularly solid waste management. The event is organized under the theme “Let’s Make Our Municipality Cleaner and Greener”.
A launching ceremony was held in Al Ramtha Municipality premises this morning, under the patronage of HE the Minister of Municipal Affairs Eng. Walid Masri. HE The Ambassador of the government of Japan, HE UNDP Country Director, Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, HE the Governor of Local Development Directorate at the Ministry of Interior, the governors of Irbid and Mafraq governorates, and Mayors of the five concerned Municipalities attended the ceremony.
The Giving Tuesday is a first of its kind initiative that harnesses the collective power of unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in voluntarism activities. Giving Tuesday inspires people in taking collaborative action to improve their local communities and give back in better, smarter ways to create a better world.
The UNDP “Let’s Make Our Municipality Cleaner and Greener” campaign, funded by the “Mitigating the impact of the Syrian Refugees Crisis on the Jordanian Host Communities” financed by the government of Japan, is implemented in five municipalities of Irbid and Mafraq governorates most impacted by the crisis, namely: Al Ramtha, Deir Abisaeid, Greater Mafraq, Al Manshieh and Al Khadieh. UNDP partners in both governorates are the concerned Municipalities, Local Development Units at the two governorates, youth, school students, university students, We Are All Jordan, and local NGOs.
The campaign aims at quickly responding to the immediate need of basic municipal services, waste collection, as well as enhancing the environmental conditions through planting trees in public gardens. 10,000 plants were provided as a donation from the Ministry of Agriculture. An average number of 200 volunteers in each targeted municipality joined the campaign, 150 involved in cleaning and 50 in planting. 6 compactors were provided by UNDP, as well as 1 For-Recycling-Truck operating in Al Ramtha Municipality, Irbid. An Environmental Services Company provided waste bags and full waste collection service, of both recyclable and non-recyclable waste.
Through the initiative, UNDP emphasizes that giving is not only about providing financial support and funds, but also about sharing knowledge, volunteering time, and working to support vulnerable communities. The initiative aims particularly at strengthening the citizen-municipality relationship and promoting inter-community cooperation between Jordanian and Syrian communities. It also aims at encouraging volunteerism and engaging youth in the community services, through their active participation in the campaign.
Ms. Nora Isayan
UN Resident Coordinator's Office