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 VRINDA BASU, 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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" Be the change you want to see Inspired by Gandhi's wise words I hope to be the change that I want to see in my community and the world at large. The Millennium Fellowship will help me gain the global exposure that I require. My skills of adaptability and inclusive thinking will be better honed through this opportunity and I cannot wait to embark on this journey. "

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

Vrinda Basu is a driven and ambitious law student from India who is extremely passionate about uplifting the people of the world. She believes hardwork and perseverance mixed with a lot of kindness and empathy will help her achieve her dreams.Throughout her high school she has been involved in various social impact activities from conducting free classes for the underprivileged to fundraising for various causes.She wants to become an educator and a bringer of change in her community by promoting the Sustainable Development Goals and encourage the youth of her nation to do the same.