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 APARNA PANICKER, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

National University of Advanced Legal Studies | Kochi, India | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 6

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" I manifest that all efforts that I take in nearing my social goals would result in a butterfly effect which will be for a greater benefit to society. And being part of the Millennium Fellowship would equip me with "that" skills and insights which is required. I am very excited to be a part of this fellowship and the new beginnings. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Avitr: Promoting and Protecting Indigenous Cultural Expression

The project's objectives are aligned to spread awareness of traditional cultural and sustainable indigenous art forms, uplift the community in the accorded means, and build a more inclusive and accessible society. Culture is who we are and what shapes our identity. Hence, placing it in the heart of development policies is essential to ensure a human-centered, inclusive, and equitable development. Tribal and indigenous art forms require that promotion and protection to lead to more remarkable growth for all. In the modern era of digital technology, access to Traditional Cultural Expressions has become easy beyond their places of origin, thus giving commercialisation opportunities even to those who are not the rightful custodians. Such transboundary misappropriations compromise and threaten the economic interests of the rightful custodians of TCEs, who are mostly indigenous people and communities relying heavily on them, since time immemorial, as a source of their livelihood.
By promoting and protecting the art forms, only the rightful owners will commercialise their intellectual assets and use them to develop their community. The big corporation won't be able to exploit their cultural expressions. The project engages with all SDGs, the prime being SDGs 1 and 10.

About the Millennium Fellow

Aparna Panicker is an inquisitive, energetic, and enthusiastic young law student at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies. She was born in Kerala, India, and spend most of her growing years in the state. She dreams to widen her horizon and become a true global citizen. She is passionate about her advocacies regarding equality, accessibility, and protection of rights. She values ideas and knowledge and desires to be part of a mechanism that will facilitate access to it for all. Throughout her school years and currently in the University, she has been vocal and part of organizations that strive for social justice. Aparna aims to spend her gained knowledge and energy in a field where she can further her advocacies. She hopes for each step that she makes in her life to contribute to the development of the United Nation's Development Goals that can make the world a better place to live