Marine litter is a global challenge. Every year millions of tons of trash end up in the ocean. It is estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Therefore, the European Union in Ghana is teaming up to clean a beach in Accra and invite citizens to take part.

“We share a love for our blue planet, and we all hold responsibility for making and keeping it healthy – through cleaning and prevention. Bring your colleagues, friends and family along, and together let’s show the world that we can make the ocean great again,” said Dianna Acconcia, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Ghana.

All over the world, EU embassies and UN regional offices across the world as well as the Representations of the European Commission throughout the EU will organise beach cleanup events together with local organisations, schools, etc. In 2018, over 70 actions and nearly 3,000 people participated to the #EUBeachCleanup campaign with actions from Ghana to Iceland and from The Dominican Republic to Fiji.

This year, the EU is joining forces with the Accra Municipal Assembly (AMA), to further raise awareness around the marine litter challenge in all corners of our blue planet.

The #EUBeachCleanup in Ghana will take place at Jamestown, on 28 of September. Representatives from the European Union and Its Members States, from Accra Municipal Assembly and other organisations will join forces to support the beach cleaning. We hope to see you there at 8:00am!

Background
The European Union is leading the global fight against marine litter and has recently agreed legislation to curb single use plastics, especially those items that are most commonly found at the beach. In addition, the legislation focuses on lost fishing gear, which accounts to some 27% of all beach litter.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. SDG-14 set objectives for sustainable use and conservation of the ocean.
The Smurfs, created by Peyo in 1958, are a universal symbol of optimism and friendship. The blue Smurfs live in harmony with nature and bring happiness to children and grownups across the world. The Smurfs are official campaign partners of the #EUBeachCleanup and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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