greentoloka.jpg25 April 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine – On the occasion of Earth Day UN Office in Ukraine, “Krayina Mriy” (Country of Dreams) Ethnical Festival and Global Compact in Ukraine company-members gathered for the great “Green Toloka”. Everyone caring about environment participated in cleaning of the Trukhaniv Island from Moscow Bridge to Railway Bridge. This is the third ecological event which takes place in the framework of national “Go Green!” Campaign initiated by UN Office in Ukraine and Global Compact Network. This time apart from cleaning participants also planted trees. greentoloka.jpg25 April 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine – On the occasion of Earth Day UN Office in Ukraine, “Krayina Mriy” (Country of Dreams) Ethnical Festival and Global Compact in Ukraine company-members gathered for the great “Green Toloka”. Everyone caring about environment participated in cleaning of the Trukhaniv Island from Moscow Bridge to Railway Bridge. This is the third ecological event which takes place in the framework of national “Go Green!” Campaign initiated by UN Office in Ukraine and Global Compact Network. This time apart from cleaning participants also planted trees.

greentoloka.jpg25 April 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine – On the occasion of Earth Day UN Office in Ukraine, “Krayina Mriy” (Country of Dreams) Ethnical Festival and Global Compact in Ukraine company-members gathered for the great “Green Toloka”. Everyone caring about environment participated in cleaning of the Trukhaniv Island in the area from Moscow Bridge to Railway Bridge. This is the third ecological event which takes place in the framework of national “Go Green!” Campaign initiated by UN Office in Ukraine and Global Compact Network. This time apart from pickinf up trash participants also planted trees.

“It has become a good tradition to hold joint ecological activities which unite efforts of all UN Global Compact members, their families and friends to clean up green zones of Kyiv, - commented United Nations Development Programme a.i., Ilaria Carnevali. – This year our activity has a specifically good name – Toloka. Because traditionally it was organized for emergency works. Looking after environment today is one of the most urgent tasks which should be implemented by everyone in Ukraine: Governments, business, civil society, every one of us!”

Last year more than 100 participants and 20 companies participated in this activity and set a record of 5 tons of picked up trash. And this year there are 350 participants since a famous Ukrainian singer Oleg Skrypka, “Krayina Mriy” (Country of Dream) ethnic festival organizer joined the event. Environment protection has become a highlight of this year’s festival because the citizens of the “Country of Dreams” dream about clean environment and culture.

As Oleh Skrypka, “Krayina Mriy” Festival organizer, noted: “Krayina Mriy is not just “Spivoche Pole” (the field where the festival usually takes place). This is the country without borders, it lives in our hearts. This is the country where we try to bring back to life those ancient traditions and customs which were followed by our ancestors and, unfortunately, forgotten by us. These are the traditions which made our nation different from the others, they made us unique – without them we would simple be “one of…” mixing with other nations. With the help of this event we not only want to bring back the clean environment to this nature’s corner, but also multiply the cultural wealth inherited from our ancestors”.

In the nearest future “Krayina Mriy” is planning to hold two more tolokas – on 16 May on the occasion of International Climate Day and on 6 June, dedicated to World Environment Day.

“Coca-Cola” and “Vitmark” companies provided refreshments. “Yarylo” brand presented entertainment as well as tasty kvas. While ecological partners of the event provided all necessary equipment: “Tetra Pak” company provided gloves and trash bags, and “Grinko” Company took all picked up trash for further sorting and recycling.

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Note for Editors:

“Earth Day”
Two “Earth Days” are observed every year, the first holiday is observed on 21 March and calls upon all people for peaceful coexistence. John Sterling Morton is considered to be the founder of Earth Day; he was the one to suggest observing a yearly day dedicated to planting tress in the surrounding areas. The proposal was warmly accepted by citizens of the state. In 1882 the Nebraska State Council initiated the Day of Tree which was observed on 22 April. In 100 years in 1970 the Day of Tree was re-named into Earth Day and was held throughout all US territory. The holiday became international in 1990. On this day every citizen can make a small contribution into the protection of environment: pick up trash from nearby territories, plant at least one tree, refuse to drive a car at least for a day.

Global Compact
In an address to the World Economic Forum on 31 January 1999, United Nation Secretary-General Kofi Annan challenged business leaders to join an international initiative – the Global Compact – that would bring companies together with UN agencies, labor and civil society to support universal environmental and social principles.
The Global Compact’s operational phase was launched at UN Headquarters in New York on 26 July 2000. Today, over 6,500 companies from all regions of the world, including international labor and civil society organizations, are engaged in the Global Compact, working to advance ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. The Global Compact is a direct initiative of the Secretary-General.
The launch of the Global Compact in Ukraine took place on 25th April 2006 in Kyiv with the support of leading local and multinational companies as well as senior representatives of Government. The first signatories of the initiative were 34 leading Ukrainian and multinational private companies, associations and civil society organizations.
Signatories of the GC in Ukraine stated their continued commitment to setting up a Global Compact network in Ukraine in 2006 as the framework for promotion of corporate social responsibility and the Global Compact principles in Ukraine.
More information about Global Compact: http://www.globalcompact.org.ua/ua/about/inukraine

The UN representative office in Ukraine was opened in 1992. Currently, the UN Country Team in Ukraine consisting on 13 UN agencies, international organizations and associated institutions including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as the World Bank (WB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). www.un.org.ua

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To learn more about the event:

Victoria Andreivska
Communications Officer
United Nations in Ukraine
+38(044) 254 0035
victoria.andrievska@unic.org
www.un.org.ua