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 DEEKSHA SHARMA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University | Lucknow, India | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 9

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" I believe that it is important to be a part of the solution and actively involved in creating understanding between cultures around the globe. This program serves as a direction to discovering answers for world issues, be it gender discrimination, climate change, or social divide. The program being one of the most diverse programs in the world brings individuals from different foundations to work together in tackling interconnected issues. Working with a diverse group, examining with them, discovering solutions to interlinked problems, would help me in increasing my university’s International cooperation. Additionally, it would allow me to improve my solution-oriented approach, helping me understand the problem from various angles, offering a better solution. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Sustainability and Human Rights: Looking Beyond Environmental and Climate Change Laws

Being passionate about the environment and sustainable development goals, we realized that the current state of environmental and climate change laws is not sufficient to help reverse climate change. A different approach with an interconnection of sustainability and commercial and economic laws is needed and reimagining ways in which States and corporate can be held liable for environmental damage and human rights violations. The project encompassed 3 sub-themes: Sustainability and Environmental Laws, Sustainability and Trade, and Commerce and Sustainability and Human Rights. Keeping this in mind, we initiated our first project on sustainability and commercial law in Africa which drew collaborations from the African Network of Young Leaders. The project got the opportunity for presentation as a partner event at the UN Youth Environment Assembly 2021. The project is also selected for presentation with the Italian Ministry’s project, All4Climate. We intend to organize a similar project, this time focussing on Small Island Developing States, focussing on Maldives, Singapore, Mauritius, and Kiribati including symposia or conferences on these sub-themes every month for students, scholars, academicians, and professionals. We have prepared a detailed report for each theme and will now issue it as a free MOOC available for all.

About the Millennium Fellow

Deeksha Sharma is a final year law student at National Law University, Lucknow, India. She is the youngest person from India to get a fully paid fellowship to the Hansen Leadership Institute, University of San Diego, USA. She is passionate about exploring legal solutions for sustainable development, climate change, and sea-level rise, and interconnections with commercial and international economic law. She has her publications in national and international blogs and journals, including Oxford, London School of Economics, Georgetown, University College London, Pittsburgh, Volkerrectsblog by German Society of Young Scholars, and two chapters in books by Thomson Reuters.