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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.



Leuphana University of Luneburg | Lüneburg, Germany | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 2


" Being part of the Millennium Fellowship Programm is an honour for me and offers various valuable opportunities to get engaged. I am highly motivated to connect and collaborate in this huge network standing up for the causes I deeply care about. Discussions and exchanges with others together with class training offer great possibilities to implement fantastic, successful projects. I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow as I really look forward to implement a project with other fellow students at Leuphana University as well as getting in contact with other projects (and maybe also support them) and with other Fellows. I am convinced that the Millennium Fellowship will help me to implement further projects in the future to create a social impact because of the experiences, the support and the emergence of knew connections. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Stop Wasting - Start Giving!

As part of the project “Stop Wasting- Start Giving!”, Ben Aichele, Catinke Bertz, Friederike Schwenkner, Hannah Reemtsma, Marcel Rastel, Chiara Woytaszek and Hannah Koch are advocating for SDG 12 “responsible consumption and production”.

With our project, we are actively campaigning against food waste in Germany and are looking into an anti-waste law based on the French model and a possible German counterpart. Our project consists of three main phases of work. The first phase focused on knowledge aggregation regarding the political status quo, the perteiprogrammes of the six established German parties and the resulting development potential of a possible anti-austerity law. Thsi phase has been completed. Phase two consists of sharing our knowledge with other people. For this purpose, we have organised a partner school in which we have already conducted a workshop with students of year 8 and will continue to conduct workshops even after the Fellowship has ended. In the third and final phase of our project work, we are working on a petition for a possible anti-litter law in Germany. Together with a pro bono advocate from one of our interlocutors, we will draft such a petition and thus call on our federal government to make food policy more sustainable. The work on the petition will take a lot of time and will extend long beyond the official period of the Millennium Fellowship.

About the Millennium Fellow

Catinka Franziska Bertz is a young and dedicated student at Leuphana University Lüneburg in Germany who was born in Lübeck. As she is deeply motivated to initiate action concerning the spread of sustainability she chose to study Environmental Sciences together with Science and Psychology. She sees it as her personal responsibility to stand up for a more sustainable future in order to fight against climate change and to create a liveable and just future. In her voluntary year at the Buddenbrookhaus Lübeck she also implemented a project informing about sustainability. Moreover, the repeated participation at the MUN conference in Lübeck strengthened her desire to contribute to international collaboration and the preservation of democracy and human rights.

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