JCI Congress in Goa

Members of the Let’s Do It Foundation’s core team attended the JCI World Congress in Goa, India, 30 October – 3 November.

JCI, the Junior Chamber International, JCI is a nonprofit organisation of young active citizens age 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. It encourages young people to become active citizens and to participate in efforts towards social and economic development, and international cooperation, good-will and understanding. They help develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to make informed decisions and take action.

JCI was a key partner to the Let’s Do It movement in the organisation of the momentous World Cleanup Day on 15 September, in which 17 million people came out to clean in 158 countries. JCI chapters led national cleanups in 24 countries, and played an instrumental role as partners or participants in 40 further countries. This was one of the biggest collective global efforts for JCI, in which all chapters joined together to make an impact on the same day.

Merili Vares, Head of Partnerships at the Let’s Do It Foundation says, “We are so grateful to JCI for their hugely important role in making World Cleanup Day a success. Their teams brought energy, enthusiasm and professionalism right across our network, and made a huge impact in helping achieve our ambitious goal.”

3000 people attended the Congress in Goa, which included inspirational speeches, workshops and activities, as well as social events and cultural performances. Included in the program was a panel discussion and advocacy workshop featuring Let’s Do It’s very own Heidi Solba, Head of Network, and a demonstration of Let’s Do It India’s Clean Games initiative, developed by Let’s Do It Russia to bring fun and playfulness to the serious issue of waste pollution.

Heidi also presented the results of World Cleanup Day at the conference’s General Assembly, offering huge thanks to JCI’s national presidents and board members for their valuable efforts.

Looking to the future, the team also met with Goa’s Minister for IT to discuss potential for future collaboration, and met with the JCI HQ to discuss ongoing cooperation opportunities around the implementation of Let’s Do It!’s Keep It Clean Plan.

Anneli Ohvril, co-leader of the Let’s Do It! core team says, “The global waste problem is a highly complex one, and we can only tackle it when we join together. I really appreciate the collaboration we have with JCI to create positive change and longlasting peace in the world.”

Heidi Solba, Head of Network, says “It is obvious to me, that making change in the world is possible only through selfless cooperation with each other – if we can mutually seek solutions, and mutually act for that cause. And this applies to any organisation, and any individual.”

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