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 PRIYANKA PREET, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" A crucial part of initiating change is outreach. The Millennium Fellowship will grant me an opportunity to interact with a diverse audience and widen my perspectives. I look forward to exploring the SDGs from multiple lenses of law and the social sciences. I also hope that I can contribute to a holistic understanding of climate change from a human rights perspective. "

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

Priyanka Preet is a 22 year old law student at National Law University, Lucknow, India. She has been a voracious reader since her childhood and the books she read exposed her to a cosmopolitan outlook, convoluted histories and stories of indomitable heroes such as Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai. This reading stirred in her a fervour for equality and social justice. Aside from an avid reader, she was a prolific speaker and writer. Law, therefore, served as a potent choice for her to coalesce her interests and zeal towards equality. At law school, she has been researching issues of discrimination, constitutional law, human rights law and social welfare laws. Through the Millennium Fellowship she hopes to spark interest amongst youth in the issues affecting the environment and the indigenous peoples.