A 7-year-old child climate activist from Manipur, Licypriya Kangujam have received the esteemed “World Children Peace Prize 2019” from Global Peace Index Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), Australia for child advocacy on one of the greatest impending dangers to humanity which is climate change. She says that it is time to take action before it is too late.
She receives the award from Mr Charles Allen, Executive Director of Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), Australia which is the parent organisation of Global Peace Index (GPI) which is a report produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), and development in consultation with an international panel of peace experts peace institutes along with data collection from think tanks. These data’s are collected by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
GPI is endorsed by Kofi Annan, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President of Finland and 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, Nobel laureate Muhammed Yunus, economist Jeffrey Sachs, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson and former United States president Jimmy Carter. The updated index is released each year at events in London, Washington, DC; and at the United Nations Secretariat in New York.
“The impact of climate change goes beyond the environment. At the national, regional and global levels, climate change is having a significant effect on economies, social development and peace, and security, particularly in a fragile context where it is a threat multiplier to governance challenges,” says the 7-year-old.
She also goes on to thank the Global Peace Index, Government of Maldives and RAFY for this great honour. She is later travelling to Thailand after the Maldives to attend the United Nations Asia- Pacific Climate Week 2019 to be held from 2-6 September at UN Conference Centre, Bangkok.
“My visit to these nations on the invitation of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will help to raise regional and global climate ambition which are walking the talk and making the conference sustainable to the greatest possible extent. This includes offsetting all unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions from air travel to and from the conference. Will meet global leaders from various countries in the next 5 days.”
A presentation was given regarding the effects of climate change on all the senior officers of the Ministry and discussed climate change mitigation in the presence of the Ministry.