Young people are stepping up to the challenge. Almost half a million youth around the world have taken action on climate change. Today we want to highlight three recipients of the Diana Award who are working to tackle the Climate Crisis.

18 September 2019

On the 23rd September 2019, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is bringing together leaders from government, business and civil society at the 2019 Climate Action Summit with plans to urgently address the global climate emergency.

The Youth Climate Summit – the first UN climate summit for young people – is taking place on the 21st September and will provide a platform for young leaders to showcase their solutions and engage meaningfully with decision-makers.


Carlos is a 24 year old from Ecuador who received his Diana Award in 2019 for his work with the Foundation for Human and Nature Rights. He is Ecuador’s representative in numerous international spaces, such as the United Nations Programme. Carlos’ vision is to teach others how conserving the area we live in is the best gift we can give to the planet.

To date, Carlos has trained 400 student leaders through lectures on environmental education and created a programme where employees from various companies volunteered to support activities such as reforestation and training women in entrepreneurship.

“I will participate as a representative of Ecuador in the Pre Summit of Climate Action on September 21 and also in the Summit this September 23 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.”


Gabby is a 17-year-old Malaysian living in Sevenoaks who received her Diana Award for her work with Horizon of Hope. She has dedicated the past five years to advocating for our environment, and against educational inequalities in Malaysia and London. She founded ‘Horizon of Hope’, a youth-led organisation supporting refugee and asylum-seeker education.

In Malaysia, they designed a UNHCR-endorsed arts curriculum for refugee youth, and fundraise to provide school supplies and food necessities for refugee learning centres. In London, Gabby offers academic support and supplies for attendees of an asylum-seeker drop-in. Additionally, Gabby has led a range of environmental campaigns, initiatives, and awareness events as the UK Team Chair and Malaysian representative on the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council, a Sevenoaks Youth Councillor, and UKSCN member. Gabby constantly sparks action through education and is an inspiration for all.

“I will be heading to LSE to speak on a panel titled ‘‘What should schools, colleges and universities do to stop climate change?’ and organised by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

After that, I will be traveling to New York to represent Malaysia/UK at the first-ever UN Youth Climate Summit.”


Kanchan is a 23 year from Nepal who was recognised with the Diana Award in 2019 for her work with the Sustainable Fish Farming Initiative and her role as UN Women’s global champion for women’s economic empowerment. She is a passionate anti-poverty activist, women’s rights advocate and social entrepreneur. She serves as a UN Women’s Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment and is the founder of youth-led social enterprise, Sustainable Fish Farming Initiative, which works with rural Nepalese women to combat extreme hunger and poverty.

Kanchan has co-led the Youth Assembly at the United Nations’ Resolution Committee and worked extensively with youths, grassroots advocates, survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking across South Asia. Kanchan is committed to inspiring and mobilising a new generation to serve their community, creating a world where nobody is uneducated or goes hungry, even for a single day.

“I will be attending the Climate Action Summit during UNGA on September 23 at the UN Head Quarter, New York. I will also be participating in further engagements with UNICEF in New York during the UNGA week from Sep 21-28.”

To find out more about Climate Action Summit 2019 visit United Nations webpage.


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