Ms Kehkashan Basu has been spreading the message of peace and sustainability since she was only 8 years old. In 2013 at the age of 12, she was elected for a 2 year term, to UNEP’s (United Nations Environment Programme) Global Coordinator for Children & Youth and is a member of its Major Groups Facilitating Committee making her the the youngest person and the first minor, ever, to be elected into this position in the history of UNEP.
She is the Youth Ambassador of World Future Council -Germany , Global Advisory Council member of Young Men 4 Gender Equality -USA , the 2013~2014 Global President of the Children’s Board for Plant-for-the-Planet -Germany, the Chairperson of the UAE chapter of the International Youth Council and a Global Youth Ambassador for A World At School.
In her role as the voice of children and youth, she has spoken at over 45 United Nations and other international summits , travelling to over 20 countries . Kehkashan campaigns globally for gender equality, sustainable consumption, future justice, rights of the girl child and the right to education. & is a member of the Commission on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls at the World Future Council, Germany and a Volunteer with the World Youth Foundation.
She is the founder of a youth organization, GREEN HOPE UAE, which seeks to provide a networking platform to children and youth in the region to carry forward the Rio legacy through several environmental workshops and ground level projects on biodiversity conservation, waste segregation and reversing land degradation.
Kehkashan has received international awards from UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification ) in 2012 , the 2012 Korea Green Foundation award ,2013 International Young Eco-Hero award from Action for Nature, USA, the 2014 Kids are Heroes , USA award, the 2015 Solar Pioneer Award , “Ambassador for the Environment “ from GESS Education Awards2015 and the prestigious 2014 NRI ( Non-Resident Indian) of the Year award.
Most recently she was a torch-bearer for the UAE at the Global Goals launch in New York (forward to 3:10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jidwdc5IjtI).