Prajakta Koli becomes UNDP’s first Youth Climate Champion in India

Mumbai: Content creator and actress Prajakta Koli has become the first United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Youth Climate Champion in India as part of her partnership with the organization.

The title was bestowed on her following her contributions to mental health, women’s rights and girls’ education through various global social campaigns.

UNDP aims to eradicate poverty, achieve sustainable growth and intensify human development in the countries where it is most needed.

As part of her responsibilities, Prajakta will now be responsible for interacting with young minds to raise awareness of the climate crisis, global warming and biodiversity loss and their impacts, the tremors of which are felt by all sections of society. society, especially the poor. and marginalized communities.

Speaking on the occasion, Prajakta Koli said in a statement: “I am extremely humbled and honored to have had this unique responsibility to champion a cause close to my heart. As the first ever Youth Climate Champion of the UNDP India, I would like to produce and participate in opportunities that propel conversations about climate action and the urgent steps we need to take.

Commenting on how young people can make a difference, his statement reads further: “Young people must be the torchbearers of this revolution and the foot soldiers who will work towards the common goal of an enriched and empowered future where the human species will not be endangered. . We created this problem, but we can also solve it. With UNDP, I will strive to work with young minds around the world to take the right steps for climate action.

Welcoming Prajakta, Shoko Noda, UNDP Resident Representative in India, said, “We are delighted to have Prajakta on board as UNDP India’s Youth Climate Champion. Young people are the main voice to make the world more sustainable. Prajakta has a strong connection with millions of young Indians. I’m sure his voice touches the hearts of young people and inspires them to take climate action. »

In the past, the content creator has spoken out about issues like body shaming and online bullying with “Shameless” as part of her #iPledgeToBeMe campaign which went into effect on World Mental Health Day in 2016.

As a global ambassador for YouTube‘s “Creators For Change” initiative, she brought people’s attention to trolling, female subjugation and homophobia through her “No Offence” campaign. which was presented at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the International Day for Tolerance.

In 2018, she saw three social cause initiatives and partnerships, first with YouTube for the Social Impact Girl’s Education campaign, with Instagram for their Safer Internet Week campaign and with One.org for their Girl Education campaign.

In 2019, she received an invitation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their annual Goalie Summit.

Last year, Prajakta Koli joined Google’s Impact Challenge to award grants to nonprofits that address economic inequality faced by women and girls.

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