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 NAVYA DIKSHIT, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University College London | London, United Kingdom | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 9

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" The Millennium Fellowship will give me an opportunity to scale up my work with more rigour. I will be able to work with and learn from inspiring people all over the world which will help me challenge my ideas and elevate my social work. Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats today and I am excited to help tackle it and create a domino effect of positive change in the world! "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Addressing Air Pollution in Africa

The research project I am working on, with a professor of UCL, uses data from various sources, including US diplomatic facilities, to accurately study the concentration of PM 2.5 particles in Africa. The project aims to study spatiotemporal patterns and find relationships between pollution levels and health and environmental conditions. This research will help answer crucial questions about public and environmental health, two very pertinent issues. Studying data around the spatiotemporal variability and trends may yield insights which will lead to the development of policies to help manage emissions levels in the long run. It will provide a better understanding of the effectiveness of pre-existing policies and models. Air quality degradation is a palpable indicator of environmental decline and further insights could help avoid disastrous consequences. By pursing this project, I got an opportunity to have discussions with experts in this field and educate myself and others about air pollution and its consequences.

About the Millennium Fellow

Navya Dikshit is a practical and resilient second year student studying Social Sciences with Data Science at University College London. She was born in New Delhi, India but moved between India and London several times in the past few years. Navya has always been passionate about environmental issues and has organized various events to help raise awareness about these issues throughout her school years. She continues to work towards these problems by doing research and serving as an active member of the Climate Action Society. She hopes to channel her ambition to contribute to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals.