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Kehkashan Basu
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Youth Ambassador - World Future Council & Former Representative of UNEP's Major Groups for Children and Youth

15 year old, Kehkashan Basu has been spreading the message of peace and sustainability since she was only 8 years old working tirelessly to enlist the support of children and youth across geographical boundaries. In 2013 at the age of 12, she was elected for a 2year term, as UNEP’s (United Nations Environment Programme) Global Coordinator for Children & Youth and a member of its Major Groups Facilitating Committee making her the youngest person and the first minor, ever, to be elected into this position in the history of UNEP. Her internationally acclaimed work on sustainability has resulted in her appointment as the Youth Ambassador of World Future Council, Global Advisory Council member of Young Men 4 Gender Equality, the 2013~2014 Global President of the Children’s Board for Plant-for-the-Planet, the Chairperson of the UAE chapter of the International Youth Council and a Global Youth Ambassador for A World At School to promote the cause of global education.
In her role as the voice of children and youth, she has spoken at over 45 United Nations and other international summits, travelling to over 20 countries. Kehkashan campaigns globally for gender equality, sustainable consumption, future justice, rights of the girl child and the right to education. Kehkashan is the founder of a youth organization, GREEN HOPE , which seeks to provide a networking platform to children and youth in the region to carry forward the Rio legacy through several environmental workshops and ground level projects on biodiversity conservation, waste segregation and reversing land degradation.
For her environmental advocacy at a global level, Kehkashan has received international awards from UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification ) in 2012 , the 2012 Korea Green Foundation award , the 2013 International Young Eco-Hero award from Action for Nature, USA, the 2014 Kids are Heroes award, the 2015 Solar Pioneer Award , the “Ambassador for the Environment “ from GESS Education Awards2015 , the 2015 Diana Award and the prestigious 2014 NRI ( Non-Resident Indian) of the Year award.
Kehkashan is a prolific writer , musician and poet and uses these tools to communicate her message of sustainability.
Kehkashan is inspired by a quote of Pearl S. Buck “The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.”

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The Future Belongs to Us

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2015 | 12:22 PM

The 15th United Nations Youth Assembly held in New York in the first week of August brought together, within the hallowed portals of the General Assembly Hall, hundreds of youth leaders from around the globe. Organised by the Friendship Ambassador's Foundation ( FAF), this year's summit was truly epoch-making as...

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The Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations Ambassadors

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 4:02 PM

Robert Swan, the intrepid explorer and environmentalist, once famously said that the "greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." This apathy is the crux of the problem that faces our planet today. The future belongs to us children. We constitute more than one-third...

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