India: First batch of UN YuWaah advocates in India appointed by the United Nations in India United Nations News

These 6 young UN India YuWaah advocates, from diverse backgrounds and geographies, will inspire action for the Sustainable Development Goals in high-level decision-making forums.

To this end, these 6 young people will receive information, skills and mentoring, and work with UN agencies and partners, renowned advocates, ambassadors and influential experts to advance the 2030 Agenda, youth priorities and focus . have shape

Representatives from UN agencies, the Government of India, the private sector, civil society and youth, pledged to put youth at the center of action, to make programs effective and relevant on a large scale, promoting diversity, inclusion, equality and youth. on the urgent need to secure a meaningful partnership with

On the occasion, Schomby Sharp, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in India, said: “Young people have demonstrated, time and again, the ability to tackle the world’s biggest challenges with energy and creativity incredible I congratulate the UN India YuWaah Advocates on their appointment and look forward to helping them implement the 2030 Agenda and its solutions for sustainable development.”

“Today is a new beginning, a new platform of partnership between the youth of India and the United Nations in India for a more just, inclusive and equitable world where no one is left behind. If the people lead the world, the whole world will follow him.”

Supporting this initiative, Anurag Thakur, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, said in his video message, “India’s youth, who constitute about 40 percent of the population of the country, will play an important role in determining the future of the country.

India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has advanced youth participation and leadership in the country’s development agenda in line with the principles of SDG 17, recognizing youth as key stakeholders.

Yasumasa Kimura, UNICEF India Representative and YuWaah (Generation Unlimited India) Board Co-Chair, said: “India is emerging as a world leader in its 75th year of independence, showing the world how fight the pandemic. How to do it. rebuild better after this and the drivers of this action are the youth of India.”

“UNICEF, in partnership with the United Nations in India, is proud to take advantage of this unique moment in the generational youth movement, which aims to build an enriching ecosystem that enables young people to build their future by to the future by providing them with leadership skills. out.”

He said that the launch of ‘UN India Yuvah Advocates’ initiative is a further step to integrate their voices in a meaningful partnership with the youth and make decisions and advocate for our collective future.

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UN India The 6 YuWaah Youth Advocates will advance action towards the Sustainable Development Goals in high-level decision-making forums.

Mohammad Siraj (26), West Bengal

• Mohammad Siraj from Bengal is the founder of ‘The Pachan Foundation’. He started an initiative to clean the polluted water of the Ganges River – ‘Insaan Teri Ganga Maili’.
• Through this campaign, in two ghats (Titagarh Ghat and Glass Kal Ghat) in 80 weeks, a total of more than 4500 kg of garbage has been collected.
• Its mission is to build the world’s largest environmental movement by focusing on SDGs 13, 14 and 15, investing in the earth and energizing people and governments.
• Mohd Siraj is associated with UNV India Volunteer Force as West Bengal Coordinator and has been active in organizing various activities on ecological sustainability.

Bhavi Brar (25), New Delhi

• Bhavi Brar is a development professional working on youth rights, agency and leadership through creating safe spaces for young people.
• She is currently associated with Pravah, a youth development organization, where she leads programs with youth at the national level, one focused on the pitfalls of education during COVID, and the other, in communities. Creating harmony is based on dialogue.
• It aspires to build an inclusive, peaceful and just society, where young people participate as key stakeholders in building a world where no one is left behind. For this reason, through experiential learning trips, they help young people to understand each other better, to raise their voices, to connect with social realities and to lead sustainable social action plans.

Ankita Sahdev (24), Haryana

• Through its initiative called EXCEPTIONALS (meaning “Exception”), we are engaged in efforts to mobilize disabled and non-disabled volunteers, raise awareness of each other, promote cooperation and harmony among disabled youth.
• By conducting awareness sessions and interactive activities with marginalized communities, Ankita and her team advocate for more equitable and accessible programs for people with disabilities. He also launched a ‘solidarity campaign’ against the ideology that people with disabilities can only receive donations, they cannot contribute in any way. Through the ‘Skillup Initiative’, he trained the disabled in technical skills, typing and English.
• Ankita, as part of her drive to bring change, met many disabled youth who are doing phenomenal work in the field of equality and equal access, and like her, Ankita also strives to advocate equality in its social sphere.
• She is also a trained classical singer and has also won a beauty pageant focusing on young people with special abilities. He wants to work on building life skills for everyone, including the disabled.

Soumya Ranjan Biswal (25), Odisha

• Soumya Ranjan is on a mission to protect the ‘Olive Ridley’ sea turtle species threatened by poachers, pollution and climate change, and is working on the restoration of mangrove, marsh and sand dune plants.
• Trained about 100 youth volunteers for permanent and scientific conservation of sea turtles and other wild animals in different districts of Odisha state of India. It is dedicated to raising awareness among local fishing communities of the pitfalls of overfishing and the conservation of marine life.
• Through more than 250 beach cleaning activities on the beaches of the county, they have managed to mobilize people to clean about 15 tons of plastic, polythene bags, fishing nets and other solid waste so far.
• He is inspired by the spirit of climate justice, for the welfare of future generations, and is currently working on an awareness program to promote organic farming among the tribal community for biodiversity conservation. His campaign has also been included in the ‘Limca Book of Records’.

Mansi Thakar (25), Gujarat

• Mansi, one of UNEP’s ‘Tide Turner’ plastic champions, started her environmental journey as a member of her friend’s environmental protection club. Over the past two years, more than 200 members from the Mahua region have joined the club for regular beach cleaning and maintenance.
• Through their efforts, the Ganges dolphin and the masked grebe returned to lay eggs. The hatch was previously not possible due to the increase in plastic pollution on the beaches, but now the dolphins are coming back and their population is increasing day by day.
• Mansi also involved the local communities in the beach cleaning and maintenance operation in the coastal areas of Mahua. Mansi and his club, with the help of the Forestry Department, established a system of garbage collection, segregation and recycling. He has also worked with the local community to ensure that Ganesh Visarjan is environmentally friendly.
• Their efforts continue to remove plastic from coastal areas and collect discarded fishing gear.

Mursal Mohammadi (23), New Delhi

• Mursal Mohammadi had to flee Afghanistan to India in 2017, where she became the youth club leader of BOSCO (a UNHCR partner). In this club, young refugees have opportunities to participate in educational and social activities.
• The club has more than 200 members who engage in educational and social activities on a variety of issues including climate change, health, child marriage and drug abuse.
• In 2021, he participated in the UNHCR Journalism Advisory Program in New York, where he wrote an article on the importance of education for refugees in the UNHCR GLOBAL APPEAL 2021. He also participated in the Visual Storytelling Program of UNHCR India, where he worked on a project on the theme ‘Ghar Aur Aapnapan’, which was published by UNHCR in April 2022 as a collective book – ‘Home and Belongingness’.
• She currently works as a photographer and visual storyteller on issues focused on gender equality, refugees and displacement and social inequalities. He tries to amplify the voices of his fellow refugees, using the power to tell their story through images.

About YuWaah

YuWaah (Generation Unlimited in India) is a multi-stakeholder platform that aims to transform youth education into productive work and activism. It was formed by UNICEF as a ‘Generation Unlimited’ partnership in India in collaboration with public and private sector partners, UN agencies, civil society organisations, institutions and youth.

YuWaah in India aims to: By 2030:
• Paving the way for aspirational socio-economic opportunities for 10 million youth.
• Help 200 million young people acquire relevant skills for productive life and work.
• Create a space to be agents of change and develop their leadership, associating with 300 million young people.

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