16 year old Kehkashan Basu , Founder President of youth sustainability organisation Green Hope, was a proud recipient of the prestigious “Turner Social Change Prize” at a glittering ceremony in Bogota, Colombia on 5th Feb during the ongoing 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
Dubai, UAE , February 07,2017: Kehkashan was invited to this 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in her capacity as the winner of the 2016 International Children's Peace prize and as a member of the KidsRights Youngsters. Bogotá was chosen as the global venue for this important universal dialogue of almost 20 Nobel Laureates which included Kailash Satyarthi and Lech Walesa.
The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was born as an initiative of the Gorbachev Foundation supported by Nobel peace Laureates and the City of Rome.
The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is internationally recognized as the most important annual event in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organisations, students, and professors from around the globe since 1999.
During this summit , Kehkashan conducted two workshops for youth during which she exhorted the critical need to empower young people , especially girls in the sustainability process. Sharing the initiatives of her youth organisation Green Hope , Kehkashan said “The Sustainable Development Goals , hold out a promise of a sustainable future , in which no one will be left behind. But this promise will not become a reality unless we set right one fundamental aspect --- peace. It is time we call on the people of our planet to remember our common humanity and join together to build a future free of strife. Let us all join hands to end poverty, address climate change, forge equality and ensure access to education so that we can create a more peaceful world.”
On the concluding day of this summit, Kehkashan's project on biodiversity conservation was chosen by the panel of Nobel Laureates as one of the recipients of the Turner Social Change prize. Reacting to this honour, Kehkashan said “ Our biodiversity is at severe threat and it is the responsibility of every member of civil society to work towards its conservation. As young people , we must show the way”. It was a great honour for Kehkashan to receive this award in front of His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, all the Nobel Laureates present there, Sir Richard Branson and other dignitaries.
Kehkashan is also the Youth Ambassador of World Future Council and the erstwhile Global Coordinator for UNEP's Major Group for Children and Youth.