A girl from Sikkim Ayushi Dahal has made her home State proud by bagging a gold medal for a most practical sustainable solution and name-tag and the Global Golds Ambassador from India title at the Global Goals Summit 2020. The United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be completed by 2030, was held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from January 23 to 25.
Ayushi Dahal is the youngest daughter of Kiran Dahal and Mamta Awasthy from 6th Mile, Tadong here and a class 10 student at Tashi Namgyal Academy, Gangtok. She will be appearing for her ICSE exam this year.
The summit had participants from 39 countries, including five from India (Delhi, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Sikkim). The participants ranged from university students and employees of the UN, making Ayushi the only school student and the youngest participant.
Sharing her experience, Dahal said, “During the summit, we were given different topics and were asked to give presentations and propose a solution to subtle changes going on. The topics ranged from hunger, poverty, climate change and unemployment.”
Ayushi added that she had seen an advertisement on Instagram regarding the summit and filled the form online. There were two rounds of selection - problems (what the world is facing) and solutions. Six to seven people from each country were selected and we gave our presentations based on what our ideas were, she added.
The programme was funded by the UN, but as Ayushi was the only school-going student, she was funded by her father. After her ICSE examination, Ayushi is set to complete a project given by the UN, which is to be completed within six months.
Ayushi will travel to the US in September to present her work so that the UN will further fund her for the rest of the work to be completed.
Every year, youths are selected from different countries who present their stances, use, and opinion on sustainable development goals.