ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT SUGAM ARYAL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Kathmandu University | Dhulikhel, Nepal | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 9

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" The recent wildfire has personally affected me a lot. The wild forest in my hometown has been seriously impacted. I love animals. I just don't want to see them dying when I am having the time of my life. I want to try to make their life a little better. I honestly think that this project is going to help some of the animals living in the forest. It does not need to be a lot of animals. If I can just
save one animal, that's enough for me. I used to be an active member of Nepal Scouts. I also love long hikes and treks. these are the reason I love wandering in the forest without any worry in my mind. I feel some sort of comfort when I'm in the wild. This may be the reason that I feel sad when I think about the current
status of forest in this country. I envy the previous generation for being able to live in such a green time. I feel sorry for the next generation that they mightn't be able to see the forests in their former glory. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Udaya

Project Udaya is an approach to finding an effective solution to reduce carbon emissions from firewood. It mainly focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. The major goal is creating a sustainable solution based on charcoal that can be produced without too much difficulty that ultimately will limit the use of firewood. This project encompasses two major modules: 1) Research, and 2) Training and awareness.

The research includes a better understanding of the amount of firewood used in any household of different villages, the problems generated by it, effective alternatives, and nature-oriented solutions. The major approach is to limit the practice of firewood and make use of forest resources without its depletion. On the other hand, the project also covers giving basic education and awareness to the people on the use of biomass and its effects on the environment. Therefore, the project focuses on identifying the root causes with the help of the survey and processing it with the most suitable solutions.

About the Millennium Fellow

Sugam Aryal is a young and energetic engineering student studying Automobile Engineering in Kathmandu University, Nepal. He was born in Nepal. From the early days of his life, he had love and passion for animals. He always wanted to help but didn't have the ability and oppurtunity to help. Although he continued to volunteer as a member of Nepal Scouts, he was never satisfied. He aspires to be someone who has impacted lives.