New York, September 20: UN declared for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) out of which Two Indians and an Indian-American are among the 17 people selected for its inaugural class. Trisha Shetty, Ankit Kawatra and Indian-American Karan Jerath have been chosen for this initiative.
“We are proud to announce this group of young global citizens who are already transforming their communities,” the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, told the Social Good Summit in New York, in which UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals were announced. “At the same time, the selection process was an important reminder of the great potential and talent of so many young people around the world, who are making immense contributions to peace, development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” he added.
Selected from over 18,000 nominations from 186 different countries, these leaders, aged 19-30 years old, come from many different backgrounds and will support efforts to engage young people in the realization of the SDGs and will have opportunities to engage in UN and partner-led projects.
Trisha Shetty (India); Anthony Ford-Shubrook (the United Kingdom); Rita Kimani (Kenya); Rainier Mallol (the Dominican Republic); Edda Hamar (Iceland/Australia); Vincent Loka (Indonesia); Samar Samir Mezghanni (Tunisia/Iraq); Lutfi Fadil Lokman (Malaysia); Carolina Medina (Colombia); Jake Horowitz (the United States); Shougat Nazbin Khan (Bangladesh); Samuel Malinga (Uganda); Safaath Ahmed Zahir (the Republic of Maldives); Ankit Kawatra (India); Nikki Fraser (Canada); Karan Jerath (the United States); and Tere Gonzalez Garcia (Mexico) are the seventeen people selected.