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International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, 2023

International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, 2023:

On 16 September 2023, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, 2023 across all Coastal States and UTs.

  • Since 2006, the day has been held worldwide on the 3rd Saturday of September, annually, under the aegis of the UNEP and South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) (in South Asian Region).
  • This year, Maharashtra witnessed the highest participation of volunteers followed by Tamil Nadu.
  • The ICG was established in August 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 as an independent Armed force of India.
  • The concept of forming ICG came into being after the 1971 war and the blueprint for a multidimensional Coast Guard was conceived by the visionary Rustamji Committee (1974).
  • It is the 4th largest Coast Guard in the world and is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • It functions under the Ministry of Defence.