UN staff help to clean up Rome

Tue, 14/10/14

More than 100 colleagues from the Rome based UN Agencies were joined by friends and family to do their bit for Clean Up The World Day on Saturday 27 September

Armed with gloves, shovels and rakes, staff from IFAD, FAO, WFP, IDLO and Bioversity International gathered at Caffarella Park in Rome. They then set to work filling garbage bags with discarded plastic wrappers, bottles and cans, hundreds of cigarette butts, children's toy and even a discarded car tyre. Thanks to their work, the park regained its natural beauty.

"Our agencies are hosted by the Italian government and we wanted to show our appreciation for this beautiful city and its green open spaces, that is why I am here today" said one participant.

The team was joined by students from John Cabot University and St Stephens' school, as well as a number of passers-by who were inspired by what they saw

The event was supported by the municipal waste management company AMA Roma, whose staff provided tools and helped the volunteers to sort the collected waste for recycling. Local food emporia Eataly and Fattoria di Fiorano offered delicious refreshments. Ente Parco Appia Antica, which manages the park, ran guided tours and showed the natural features of the area after the clean-up operations were completed.

Categories: Staff Engagement