AIESEC Global Goals Drive River Clean Up

AIESEC Global Goals Drive

River Clean Up : April 2017


The following report is intended for AIESEC in Pune and their programme partners.


2nd April 2017, 7.30 am - 12.00 pm

event Description

AIESEC in Pune, in partnership with Adar Poonawalla Clean City Initiative, High Spirits, and Ilka’s, organised a community-driven programme on the 2nd of April, 2017, at Koregaon Park, Pune. The aim of the event was to bring together people from different walks of life, and work towards a common social goal. Waste management being a large concern in the city of Pune, a River Clean-up Drive was planned and organised, aiming to clean the banks of the Mula-Mutha river, and build awareness towards waste management in the process. 

This programme is part of a unique initiative by AIESEC in Pune called the Global Goals Drive, which aims to support the Global Goals of the United Nations. The River Clean-up Drive is in line with Global Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation.

Purpose of the Event

Cleanliness of public places, especially natural spaces, is a major issue across India, and the situation in Pune is no different. While government agencies and contractors are responsible to maintain public spaces, the community, i.e. the general public, too, has a responsibility to fulfil. AIESEC in Pune and its partners believe that in order to bring about change in terms of waste disposal in public places, the community has to be aware of the problem and be involved in finding the right solution. In order to achieve this, and create an inclusive forum for discussion, the River Clean-up Drive is the first in a series of events planned by AIESEC in Pune, in order to bring about visible change that is sustainable towards our collective future.

Planning & Execution

AIESEC in Pune planned and executed the event with support from its partners Adar Poonawalla Clean City Initiative and Ilka’s. AIESEC in Pune was responsible for ensuring outreach for community volunteers, execution on-ground, and oversight of the clean up process. AIESEC ensured that each volunteer was provided with gloves and waste disposal bags. The collection process was overseen by AIESEC team leaders, each of whom led a group of 10 community volunteers.

Ilka's ensured that the planning and outreach activities of the event were in line with the vision of the event. Moreover, Ilka's also ensured that community volunteers on-ground were provided with the right provisions and guidance. Adar Poonawalla Clean City Initiative supported the event by providing waste collection vehicles. Their staff helped the volunteers in gathering the non-organic waste and segregating them for proper disposal. High Spirits Pune supported the event by helping AIESEC Pune in terms of outreach, financial support, and also provided complimentary breakfast to all the volunteers to thank them for their participation. Moreover, various NGOs and social enterprises were provided stalls in order to disseminate information about their practices and sell products that were in line with sustainable consumption and lifestyle. 



The location for the event was the banks of the Mula-Mutha river in Koregaon Park. The access road to the banks is situated next to PMC Garbage Collection Plant and a crematorium. Considering its proximity to a collection plant, the area should ideally be waste-free and well maintained. However, inspection of the space indicated that the banks were treated as a dumping ground for all types of waste, results of which were visibly negative and detrimental effects on the environment and local flora and fauna.


Programme summary

The cards above provide a summary of the River Clean-up Drive held on 2nd April 2017. More details of the event, such as volunteer profiles, waste collection, rating and feedback, etc. is provided below with context.

Monitoring Data : Waste Collected


Monitoring Data : Community Volunteers


Monitoring Data : AIESEC Volunteers



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AIESEC, an international non-governmental not-for-profit organisation, provides young people with leadership development and cross-cultural global internship and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe, with a focus to empower young people so they can make a positive impact on society. The AIESEC network includes approximately 70,000 members in 127 countries and territories.