Archana Soreng, hailing from Sundargarh district of Odisha, has been selected by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his new advisory group. This youth advisory group consists of young leaders who will provide approaches and solutions to tackle the worsening climate crisis during Covid 19.

In addition to Archana, under the Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, six youth have been selected from different countries, whose age is 18 to 28 years. The United Nations said in a statement on 27 July, Archana is experienced in advocacy and research, and she is working to document, preserve and promote traditional knowledge, cultural practices of indigenous communities. Archana in the happiness of her selection said that our ancestors have been protecting the forest and nature for centuries through their traditional knowledge and practices. Now it is up to us whether we want to be the front runners in tackling the climate crisis.

These are selected in the Climate Change on Youth Advisory Group – Nisreen Elsam (Spain), Ernest Gibson (Fiji), Archana Soreng (India), Wladyslaw Cam (Moldova), Sophia Canny (United States), Nathan Metenier (France) and Poloma Costa (Brazil).

Archana says that she is associated with UN’s Yeungo (Youth Constitution of UNF CCC) in 2019. Since then, his writing has been on the National and International Youth website. She is associated with youth groups at the regional and national levels. She promotes traditional information from the community as well as promotes it. In the month of October last year, She gave her presentation in Geneva in the discussion of the 66th CESCR (Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights). She was the only participant from India.

In the year 2020, the process of selection of Youth Advisory Group started. At that time, Yungo proposed the names of three people out of 40 participants, including Archana’s name. Then the UN team selected her among the seven finalists. Whose result was released on 27 July.

Archana has done her schooling from the Apostolic Carmel School of Rourkela. After passing the two places, she did her graduation in political science from Patna Women’s College in the year 2013-2016 . She did her Masters from Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai.

Right now, she is working in the post of Research Officer in the organization named Vasundhara of Odisha and is constantly working on climate change and land rights.

“It is a matter of pride for the college that Archana has been selected in the Youth Advisory Group of the UN.” said Dr Sister Maria Rashmi AC,Principal Patna Women’s College


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