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UNICEF rolls-out own clean-up campaign

UN Resident Coordinator to Lesotho Salvator Niyonzima

Oct. 27, 2020 2 min read

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THE Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have joined hands to take action against waste in a bid to keep a clean and healthy environment throughout the country.

Inspired by the government’s monthly initiative to keep the country free of waste, UNICEF on Friday held on its own clean- up campaign at the Maseru Club.

“In the midst of a global pandemic, the planet needs people to care, as clean up campaigns unite people to take action on waste,” the UNICEF representative to Lesotho Anurita Bains said at the event.

The United Nations (UN) environment programme is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environment dimension of sustainable development within the UN system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

Ms Bains said they are involved in the campaign as a response to climate change because Lesotho is affected by a severe drought that has had dire effects on among others its food security.

Apart from that, she said the next effort is to reduce what people put out in their environment, to contribute to stopping and making sure there is no further human impact on climate change, which has a devastating effect on the country.

As a community in Lesotho, out of solidarity and as a way to responding to both His Majesty and the Prime Minister’s call to keep Lesotho clean, Ms Bains said they want to be part of the initiative to bring the people together as they clean up their country.

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For his part, the UN Resident Coordinator to Lesotho Salvator Niyonzima said the devastating effects of climate change are accelerating and must be quickly brought under control to prevent yet another crisis.

He said Lesotho’s recent experience with drought, failed harvests and riding food insecurity highlights the country’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change. 

Whilst Lesotho is a relatively minor contributor to climate change, Mr Niyonzima said the country will nonetheless feel its devastating consequences through droughts, heat waves, and increasing episodes of flash flooding and other extreme weather conditions.  

He re-affirmed that the UN in Lesotho stands with the government and the people of Lesotho as they “Build Back Better”, to create a Lesotho that is green, equal and fair, to support private sector development and job creation.

He added: “But in a manner that is green and provides fair working conditions to all and to develop strong social safety systems to ensure that all Basotho have access to decent health and education facilities and that nobody falls through the cracks.”




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