Youth changemakers inspire with grassroots projects
29 January 2024
At the age of just 13, Nav Agarwal co-founded an NGO dedicated to tackling waste management and promoting recycling. Grahva Yalavarthy developed a technical solution to enhance communication for rescuers during coal mine accidents, while Ankita Sehdev initiated a programme to empower disabled individuals with crucial work and life skills.
These three pioneers, among eight youth changemakers, met the President of the United Nations General Assembly during his official visit to India. Their discussion centered around their achievements, the challenges they face, and how they aim to inspire others to take action.
Hosted at UN House in New Delhi, the roundtable served as a platform for Assembly President Dennis Francis to gain first-hand insights into the innovative approaches, success stories, and impactful initiatives implemented by these young leaders at the grassroots level.
Mr. Francis encouraged the group to continue their efforts with the words: ‘Don't set any limits on yourselves – remove those shackles and be free thinkers.'
He underscored the pivotal role that young people play in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
Addressing a question from one of the changemakers on women's empowerment, Mr. Francis criticized global exclusion and discrimination. He advocated for equal partnership, outlining his vision of a that unleashes a wave of opportunities for young people.
This event was part of Mr. Francis' five-day visit to India, where he travelled to Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai.