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The physical launch of Clean and Green Pakistan campaign held at Saidpur Village Islamabad on October 13, 2018 as part of the call by the Prime Minister of Pakistan for a “Clean and Green Pakistan” announced on October 8, 2018. The cleanliness campaign in Saidpur Village was jointly organized by Ministry of Climate Change, and UN Habitat, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI), Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan Memorial Trust (AHKMT), and National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) in collaboration with the Chairman Union Council Saidpur.
Mr. Malik Amin Aslam, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Climate Change and the focal person for the Clean and Green Pakistan was the Chief Guest. Ambassadors of Netherlands, China, Kenya, Libya, Algeria , Tunisia , Morocco and Sudan participated in the programme. The Minister appreciated the efforts of the organizers. He reiterated Government of Pakistan commitment towards solid and liquid waste management, sanitation and hygiene and aims for community based collective behavior change. He added that we would like to develop Saidpur Village into a model clean and green village which serves as a center of attraction for international tourists and visitors. He said that, I am thankful to UN Habitat and other partners for their offer to assist in setting up an Integrated Resource Recovery Center in Saidpur Village for maintaining healthy environment of the country.
The community members specially youth; students of schools & colleges; sanitary workers of Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI), AHKMT and local sanitary workers at the village level collected the solid waste. The dignitaries invited in the campaign also participated in cleanliness campaign. Hygiene messages including importance of hand washing was imparted to the community members especially mothers, adolescence girls and boys and young children. Awareness sessions with the local community was conducted on open defecation free environment especially improvement of the toilet facilities in the village with proper end pipe solutions introducing the concept of safe, functional and hygienic toilets.
A painting competition reinforcing the pride and the sense of personal responsibility towards the cleanliness drive was held among the Behbood school children and prizes were distributed by the chief guest.
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