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 UTKARSH SRIVASTAVA, 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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" I believe that amplification of ideas occurs when more and more number of individuals engage together. This amplification also results in diversity when the individuals come from different societies. This not only benefits individual growth of people but also betters the working of the society. I believe that this kind of engagement plays a key role in the global development.
Millennium Fellowship provides me an ooportunity to participate in such engagement. I beleive that this engagement will benefit me in not only putting my idea in front of such diverse population but also adapt the learning I will receive from such enagagement. "

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

Utkarsh Srivastava is a determined law student from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow. Brought up in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, Utkarsh has been an stauch supporter of education for all and climate change. As a student at school and college, he has actively taken part in initiatives which aim to foster these ideals in the society. The experience from participation in these initiatives has not only benefitted him to develop an in depth understanding of various social structures but has also made him more empathetic and confident towards raising such social issues in the society for their redressal. Utkarsh wishes to further his desires of sustainable growth and work in the area of policy making.