Seven-year-old Licypriya Kangujam will be addressing a huge gathering at the United Nations headquarters, Geneva, for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). She will be the youngest Indian to do so. Hailing from Manipur, the second-grader will be representing children and young people of Asia and the Pacific region. Currently, a disaster risk reduction advocate at International youth forum, she will be giving her insights over the methods that could be employed to reduce damages due to natural calamities. The session will be held under the theme – “Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies”.
The event, to be held from 13 – 17 May 2019, will see participants from 140 countries and over 3,000 delegates from different government, non-government, National Societies of Red Cross, Academia, Children and youth organisations and others.
“I get scared when I see people suffering and dying because of earthquakes, floods, and tsunami on TV. I cry when I see children losing their parents or people becoming homeless due to dangers of disasters. I urge everyone to join their hands, minds and passions to create a better world for all of us.” she said, according to NorthEast Now.
This is not the first time she will be representing the country at a global forum. She had also participated in 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risks Reduction (AMCDRR) in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar from 3-7 July 2018. She has so far traveled over 8 countries to represent India in various capacities.