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UN ropes in Indian activist to tackle climate crisis


A climate activist from India, Archana Soreng, has been included by the UN in an advisory group to tackle climate crisis. Soreng has been named by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Antonio Guterres has included the activist to his new advisory group comprising of young leaders. The group is supposed to provide perspectives and solutions to counter the worsening climate crisis.

Soreng to join six other climate leaders

Soreng will be joining six other young climate leaders, aged between 18 and 28 years, who have been named by Guterres to his new Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.

The young activist is “experienced in advocacy and research, and she is working to document, preserve, and promote traditional knowledge and cultural practices of indigenous communities,” the UN said in a statement.

“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,” said Archana Soreng.

The woman has studied regulatory governance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai and is the former TISS student union president.

The young activists will advise the UN chief regularly on accelerating global action and ambition to tackle the worsening climate crisis.

Aim to bring young leaders in decision-making process

The announcement marks a new effort by the United Nations to bring more young leaders into decision-making and planning processes.

“We are in a climate emergency. We do not have the luxury of time,” Guterres said in a video announcing the establishment of the advisory group.

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“We need urgent action now – to recover better from COVID-19, to confront injustice and inequality and address climate disruption,” he said.

Guterres said young people are on the frontlines of climate action, showing nations and leaders what bold leadership looks like.

“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,” the UN chief said.

The members of the Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change represent the diverse voices of young people from all regions as well as small island states.

They will offer perspectives and solutions on climate change, from science to community mobilsation, from entrepreneurship to politics, and from industry to conservation, the UN said.

The initial seven members of the group have been chosen to give frank and fearless advice to the Secretary-General, at a time of growing urgency to hold government and corporate leaders to account on climate action.

Other members of the group

The other selected members of the group are climate activist Nisreen Elsaim of Sudan, Fiji’s Ernest Gibson, the co-coordinator for 350 Fiji, a regional youth-led climate change network, young economist Vladislav Kaim of Moldova who is committed to ensuring green and decent jobs for youth.

Sophia Kianni of the United States who has helped organise nationwide strikes and is the founder of international non-profit Climate Cardinals, founder and coordinator of Generation Climate Europe and spokesperson for Youth and Environment Europe, Nathan Metenier of France and lawyer and human rights defender Paloma Costa of Brazil.


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