YV4CA Advocates are youth from the Asia-Pacific and other regions who have joined the campaign to share youth voices and showcase their own accomplishments for inspiration and ideas for others.
- Zheng Shuang, China
At COP 25, Ms. Zheng Shuang paired together with Youthink Center as a Youth4Climate Ambassador and committed to UN ESCAP the engagement of Chinese youth for the Youth Voices for Climate Action campaign (see here for more on that).
Credit: Rosa Castañeda
- Amishi Parasrampuria, India
Amishi is a social entrepreneur running Upcycler's Lab full time. At Upcycler's Lab, their vision is to change mindset and behaviour around the environment and we do this by creating award winning play-based learning tools on environmental concepts for children ages 2-9. They currently sell these tools to organizations working on government projects. Our products are being implemented as a part of Green Schools Programs in both Kuwait and Singapore. With over 8 years of experience in sustainability, Amishi has done consulting work for private companies such as Blackforest Solutions GmBh. Her work on upcycling has also been featured by over 45 media publications. Besides being a full time entrepreneur and her consulting work, she is also a part of the Mumbai Chapter of the Global Shapers (A World Economic Forum initiative), through which she undertakes several impact projects in Mumbai. She also serves as Regional Lead on the Climate Action Steering Committee of Global Shapers International.
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- Aniket Gupta, India
Born in India, 18 year old Aniket started his journey when he was in grade 10 by taking an initiative to bring a wave of inquisitiveness in children to help them become future leaders by STEM Education through which he reached to over 20,000 school children. He was recognised by the Ministry of Science, Government of India, and United Nations. His other initiative, The Tale of Mankind: SDGs & Human Rights aims to bring the Global Goals & Human Rights Education to every classroom. He believes that Young People have the power to change the world but that power needs to be unleashed by empowering them to become changemakers. www.aniketgupta.com
Connect with Aniket:
- Ashley Yong, Malaysia
Ashley is currently serving as a representative of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation at the United Nations, as well as a project coordinator of Tzu Chi’s aid project in the Republic of Sierra Leone. An advocate for climate action and environmental protection, she works with other young people to build communities with responsible and sustainable lifestyles. Recognizing the urgency of climate issues and the interconnectedness with other global issues, she wishes to raise more awareness and call for more actionable commitments from the youth around the globe. Ashley has made great contributions to the campaign.
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- Asel Kubanychbekova, Kyrgyzstan
Asel Kubanychbekova, 24 years old, is the Founder of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Fund in Kyrgyzstan, a Board Member of Public Union "Civic Engagement", a Women Deliver Young Leaders Program Alumni, and a Member of the working group on developing the National Program on Women Entrepreneurship under the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic. She is passionate about women's economic empowerment.
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- Aung Than Oo, Myanmar
Dr. Aung Than Oo is a youth policy activist from Yangon and founder of Myanmar Youth Foundation for SDG. He has also been a My World ASEAN Advocate since 2018. In addition, Aung Than Oo is a medical doctor and community leader, focusing on community-based projects that create social impact.
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- Edgar V. Medrano, Jr., Philippines
Edgar Ventura Medrano, Jr. grew up in Aparri, Cagayan. He is in his second year of college at Philippine Nazarene College, taking up Bachelor of Arts in Theology in La Trinidad, Benguet. As a youth, Edgar wants to make a difference and be an advocate for change. He is a member of the Cordillera Youth Movers Programme (CYMP) which has become a platform for him to share his advocacy. His involvement at CYMP opened opportunities for him to join other organizations and broadened his involvement and awareness of the SDGs.
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- Eshaan Menon, Malaysia
A youth from Malaysia, Eshaan is currently an Information Technology Resident at Google in addition to a Youth Advisory Council Member for Asia for the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). Formerly, during his term as Youth Program Director at the United Nations Association of Malaysia (UNAM) Youth, he focused on expanding the reach of UNAM Youth through a digital membership platform as well as campus activities such as fundraisers and Town Halls. In 2019, Eshaan was a winner of the Reboot the Earth, a social coding event that brings young computer programmers, scientists and other interested people together under the auspices of the United Nations to improve upon or build a new software program that addresses the current climate crisis. YV4CA had the pleasure of inviting Eshaan to speak during its launch at Asia-Pacific Climate Week.
17 Ways to Save the World | Eshaan Menon | TEDxYouth@SKIS
- Er. Karishma Das, India
Er. Karishma Das is a software engineer at CSM Technologies. She is also an International Relations Manager (IRM) in the National Youth Project, Odisha. She is a passionate social activist working on youth development, societal development, and women empowerment.
She has been called up as a delegate to TECH2017 organised by UNESCO in collaboration with the Government of Andra Pradesh. She is also working on the “Rebuild Odisha” project, in response to Cyclone Fani. In addition, she helps promote entrepreneurial skills and the SDGs among unemployed youth, including students and women. She had helped village students and women to grow independently by sharing entrepreneurial ideas.
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- Fithriyyah, Indonesia
Fithriyyah is an Environment Youth Activist working since 2015 on Climate Change, Marine Debris Issues and Recycling Activities. She is a Doctor of Medicine from Tanjungpura University. She introduced and established Seangle Indonesia Chapter Pontianak, which aims to educate people who live alongside the Kapuas River to stop littering and empowering youth to take action for a better environment. She has spoken at the UNESCAP-UNDESA Asia-Pacific Stakeholder Webinar about marine plastic pollution. Also she has been part of APFSD Youth Forum 2019 as climate change panelist, bringing up river littering and how youth are saving the environment in Pontianak City.
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- Hafiz Jawad Sohail, Pakistan
Hafiz Jawad Sohail is a highly motivated, self-driven professional, possessing a background in geo-science and currently pursuinging his masters in Public Administration. Hafiz is also Climate Reality Leader and is passionate about working for just causes. He was a talent in UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2019 and an Advocate for the Global Schools Program of SDSN Youth. He is also part of many youth organizations such as CIVICUS, World Youth Alliance, and YOUNGO (official youth constituency of UNFCCC). Hafiz considers himself a global citizen and strongly believes that human dignity is the only parameter on basis of which we claim equality in this world, it is intrinsic, not granted and doesn’t depend on social and economic status.
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- Irvandias Sanjaya, Indonesia
Irvandias Sanjaya (25) is currently working as partnership manager of Artemis Impact, an online impact tracker & outcome-based funding start-up application. He’s a social entrepreneur and passion-driven person in disability economic empowerment issue with 5 years of experience. Dias was named to LinkedIn Power Profile Social Impact in 2018 & a Top 100 Meaningful Business Leader by Hot Topics in 2019. Dias was a scholar of YSEALI at Arizona State University, USA Social Business by the U.S. Department of State, 2017. Prior, Dias was involved as an intern or fellow in world prestigious company brands (Unilever, McKinsey, Tokopedia, and ASEAN Foundation).
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- IS Khulal Magar, Nepal
IS Khulal Magar is currently perusing Bachelors of Public Administration. He is also serving as a Board Member in Youth For Environment Education And Development Foundation (YFEED Foundation). He is also an active member of the Leo Club of Creative Youth Kathmandu where he serves as Club Service Chairperson.
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- Krishna Bahadur Khadka, Nepal
Krishna Bahadur Khadka is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and serving as a Founder/Chairperson of Youth For Environment Education and Development Foundation, Nepal (YFEED Foundation). Mr. Khadka has established YFEED Foundation to serve in the field of environment, education, and development by promoting youth empowerment, community development, and environmental protection. He has been enthusiastically working in the field of climate change, advocacy, and youth empowerment.
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- Lilly Satidtanasarn, Thailand
Sometimes little people can have big voices. This is definitely true of Thailand's Lilly Satidtanasarn, a name to remember. Lilly has been a hands-on environmental activist since she was 8 years old and is one of Thailand's most influential youth activists. For example, she has inspired many people to take action towards phasing out harmful single-use plastics in her country, one of the biggest consumers of plastics per capita. Her successful approach revolves around connecting with people and empowering her peers. Recently, she has turned attention towards climate change and air pollution and provides a much needed voice for climate action. Keep up to date on Lilly's next action!
- Me Me Zin Oo, Myanmar
Me Me is a student from Myanmar who is currently studying for a B.A English degree in Bangkok, Thailand. She is a passionate humanitarian who avidly advocates for various social movements, including but not limiting to animal welfare, gender equality and mental health awareness. She has been an enthusiastic supporter of YV4CA.
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- Mesbah Uddin, Bangladesh
Mesbah has been volunteering since 2009. He recently completed his Master of Laws on Human Rights from the School of Law at Chittagong Independent University. He is currently working as apprentice lawyer in Cox’s Bazar Judge court but also running a non profit organisation called "Team Cox's Bazar" with 350 volunteers.
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- Mohammad Ahmad, India
Ahmad has represented India at the 2019 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development. He has also completed workshops on sustainable development organized by the Sweden at the UN in 2019. Ahmad is, in addition, a member of the Scientific Council at Fatima Al-Fihri Open University in Morocco and is a UN Volunteer teaching in rural India online and promoting education through the organization eVidyaloka. He is currently working as an assistant professor at RIIM (Pune) and pursuing a Ph.D. on sustainable development. Ahmad has made great contributions to YV4CA through coordinating youth statements in India.
- Momi Das, India
Momi is an enthusiast learner from India, dedicated towards her passion and goals and is a firm believer in actions, commitment to work for the betterment of the society, and service for the world and nation.
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- Namitha Kuttiparambil, India
A strong believer in creative expression, Namitha (from India) finds her voice through poetry and dance. She is, however, an architect by profession and is finding ways to go beyond producing an emotional impact through the mediums that fuel her passion to create a physical one that will, hopefully, stand the test of time. The endeavour to do so isn’t limited to the field of architecture. She strives to not only make her voice heard and help others raise theirs, but also to lead by example through lifestyle changes, because, after all, actions do speak louder than words.
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- Nanticha Ocharoenchai, Thailand
Nanticha (Lynn) Ocharoenchai is a young storyteller, environmental activist, and climate action crusader from Thailand. Notably, Lynn is the founder of Climate Strike Thailand and has organized multiple climate strikes in Thailand, pioneering the practice in her country. Lynn takes a holistic approach to her work and demands concrete actions. Keep up to date on her next action!
- Nidhi Pant, India
Nidhi is Co-Founder of Science For Society - S4S Technologies. S4S Technologies is a near-farm gate food processing platform converting farm losses to value-added products for F&B Industry-saving time, cost and energy for them. S4S trains landless Women Farmers, transforming them to Micro-Entrepreneurs by providing the right combination of - technology, finance, and market. S4S is working with over 2,700 women farmers and serving over 1 million customers. She is the winner of Women Transforming India Awards by NITI Aayog in collaboration with the United Nations. She has also listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia and Winner of Unilever Young Entrepreneur Award 2019 by Unilever and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She was also named 'Emerging Innovator of the Year' at the inaugural edition of Economic Times Women Leadership Awards (ETPWLA). Nidhi holds a bachelor's in Chemical Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology.
- Omar Faruk, Bangladesh
Omar Faruk is from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. He started humanitarian work in August 2017 to document the Rohingya crisis. He is also a journalist for a local newspaper where he started his voluntary work in 2011. In addition, Omar is involved with the Bangladeshi NGO Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) where he has worked for 2 years. He is also the founder of the WE CAN Platform, which is a part of the British Council Bangladesh. Omar lives in a flood affected area and is familiar with the affects of climate change. As such, WE CAN works on climate issues among others that affect Bangladesh.
Omar also works to stop child marriage and other related issues. Furthermore, he is the senior vice president of a local social organization called Michil. There, he works on climate change issues, gender equality and others. He is also a leader for the global climate strike in Bangladesh.
On account of his work, he also had the chance to join the APFSD Youth Forum 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, organized by ARROW; an international seminar on climate issues in Calcutta, India; and the International Youth Program in Banten, Indonesia.
- Ratchanon Ghogar, Thailand
Ratchanon is a young adult from Thailand. He has been committed to advocate young people's views in policy-making because he believes in the idea of a just society that empowers all its members as equals, irrespective of their age, ethnic, religious or economic status. During his recent fellowship at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Stockholm, he has prepared a strategy to link youth-driven pro-democracy movements in many countries. Ratchanon has studied International Relations while working for international companies in Thailand. He is a passionate discussant, using public debates to address various environmental, education and peace issues.
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- Rubina Adhikari, Nepal
Rubina is a student of Bsc. Forestry. She takes a keen interest in climate change. She realized as a youth there are so many things to change and if we all come together we can combat anything. Rubina envisions to have a safer planet, a healthier planet.
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- Saffran Mihnar, Sri Lanka
Saffran is a youth advocate from Sri Lanka focused on communication, campaigning, and negotiations with the ability to strategically identify, devise and implement solutions to global development.
He works in empowering young people in the field of climate change and sustainable development. While having been engaged in the process for more than five years, he has contributed to the national and international youth platforms and communication at UNFCCC Sessions since COP21 as well as several other international conferences & workshops such as One Planet Summit, European Conference on Science Journalism, EuroScience Open Forums and High-level Meeting on “Climate and Sustainable Development for All.”
Saffran has also been awarded as the most outstanding global leader for the success and contribution towards Global Youth Power Campaign launched by Restless Development.
He currently serves as the director for development and communication for a youth-led organization named EarthLanka Youth Network.
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- Shaan Suhas Kumar, India
As a Programme Manager at Wedu, a Climate Reality Leader, and an Ambassador for Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, Shaan is a social development professional and environmental activist from India. She is working to sensitize more people about the Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Crises as she believes that this is the most pressing issue of our time and if sufficient climate action is not worked upon soon, it will undo the progress made with all the other SDGs as well.
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- Sonika Poudel, Nepal
Sonika Poudel is from Kathmandu Nepal, an undergraduate student persuing a Bachelor's in agriculture science. She is also working as VP of External Relations of the International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences (IAAS Nepal), Local Committee, Lamjung. She aims to establish and promote sustainability in the Nepalese agriculture system in relation to climate change and had been advocating for it. She believes that it is the responsibility of youth to direct our practices towards a better and sustainable future for the humankind as well as all the living beings of the planet.
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- Ttinnabhop Bandhunark, Thailand
Ttinnabhop Bandhunark, a self-described "regular Thai university student" and former Local Committee President of AIESEC (a youth leadership development program), is an exemplary youth volunteer from Bangkok, Thailand. Ttinnabhop has volunteered for UNESCAP at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development among other conferences and has been selected to be one of the last 15 candidates for the UNGA Youth Delegates. In addition, he has regularly contributed towards SDG-oriented activities in his university and has participated in UNICEF's 21st Century Changemakers Workshop. Lastly, Ttinnabhop has made great contributions for the Youth Voices for Climate Action campaign at Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019 and beyond.
- Yujin Jang, Republic of Korea
Although a climate action beginner, Yujin (Jenny) from the Republic of Korea is dedicated to making positive impact. "If we start moving for climate now, the future can change." -Jenny
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- Zwe Yin Phyu, Myanmar
Zwe Yin Phyu graduated with honors from the University of Yangon, specializing in Geology. She has volunteered as an officer at the American Center iNature Environmental club for two years.and has studied Environmental Science at the University of Malaysia Sabah under the SHARE scholarship program as a mobility student. Furthermore, she was a delegate of YSEALI Marine Debris Expedition 2018 Regional Workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia. She was also awarded the ASEAN Youth Eco-Champion Award 2019 in recognition of initiative and significant contribution to realizing a clean and green environment in the category of Junior Youth on ASEAN Environment Day 2019. Now, she is a postgraduate student at the Asian Institute of Technology specializing in Marine Plastic Abatement.
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- Zhansaya, Kazakhstan
Formerly an Environmental Affairs Intern at the UN ESCAP Subregional Office for North and Central Asia, Zhansaya graduated from King's College London with a BA in International Relations and is currently pursuing a Master's degree at the University of Tokyo with a major in International Politics and Public Management. She has carried out practical research about the impact of COVI-19 on the current progress of the SDGs in North and Central Asia, including about the consequences of quarantine measures on the levels of air-pollution in the region.
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- Claud Edmund Fletcher, South Africa
Claud Edmund Fletcher was born in South Africa and currently resides in Bangkok, Thailand as an undergraduate student in the field of International Relations. His interests include discussing current events; advocating for the rights of women, children and LGBTQ+ members; and studying government policy.
- Gareth Billingham, South Africa
Gareth is a university student currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree of International Relations at Stamford International University in Thailand. He has lived and studied in South Africa, Norway, and Thailand. His hobbies include traveling and playing sports.
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- Ivan Buljević, Croatia
Born in Split, Croatia, Ivan is a young medical professional and Pacific Island enthusiast concerned about climate change.
- Jolly Jonathan, Nigeria
Jolly Jonathan is an IT Consultant with JolityTECH Nig. He is also a certified YALINETWORK member and YALILearns facilitator, a member of Amnesty International with Certification in Digital Security and Human Rights, a country coordinator-Nigeria for Youth4SDG (Youthink Center), a student fellow with ShARE ALP, an alumni of the International Leadership Institute, and a member of the Young Professionals Forum (YPF).
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- José Beltrán Esono, Equatorial Guinea
José is a student from Equatorial Guinea who is currently in Thailand for academic purposes. For a long time, climate change and climate action has caught his attention, prompting his participation in the Youth Voices for Climate Action campaign.
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- Robin Happel, United States
Robin is an American environmental law student, Climate Reality Leader, UN Association fellow (reporting on climate summits), Web Manager for YV4CA partner organization I am Climate Justice (seeking climate justice from International Court of Justice), and recently part of the Sunrise Movement's Class of 0000 Campaign with the Alliance for Climate Education and other climate activists. As a law student, she wants to be an ally to younger students in the climate action movement, and ensure that their voices are heard.