In a first, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had convened a youth summit last year, dedicated completely to climate action. Now, building on the success of the global summit, which saw participation from more than 1,000 young climate champions from over 140 countries, the UN has established a group of young leaders to tackle the worsening climate crisis.
And joining this new advisory group is young Indian activist Archana Soreng. She is a graduate from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, with a degree in regulatory governance, and is experienced in advocacy and research.
Archana is also working to document, preserve, and promote traditional knowledge and cultural practices of indigenous communities, as per a statement released by the UN.
"We are in a climate emergency. We do not have the luxury of time,” the UN Chief was quoted saying. “We need urgent action now - to recover better from COVID-19, to confront injustice and inequality, and address climate disruption.”
According to Guterres, the youth has been at the frontlines tackling this crisis and is capable of demonstrating a bold leadership in this regard to the leaders of the nations.
“That is why I am launching my Youth Advisory Group on climate change today - to provide perspectives, ideas and solutions that will help us scale up climate action," he added.
Joining Archana in this youth advisory group will be six other young climate leaders from across the world. This includes Nisreen Elsaim from Sudan, Ernest Gibson from Fiji, Vladislav Kaim from Moldova, who is an economist committed to providing green and decent jobs to the youth, Sophia Kianni from the United States, Nathan Metenier from France, and Paloma Costa from Brazil.
Together, this youth advisory group will be responsible for giving “frank and fearless” advice to the Secretary-General, helping the global body accelerate efforts to deal with the climate crisis.
"Our ancestors have been protecting the forest and nature over the ages through their traditional knowledge and practices. Now it is on us to be the front runners in combating the climate crisis," Archana said on the latest development.
(Edited by Kanishk Singh)