Ankit Kawatra from India has been appointed as one of United Nation’s 17 Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals from across the world. He has been recognized for his leadership and contribution to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice by 2030. Ankit has been selected from over 18,000 nominations from 186 different countries.
Ankit serves as the founder and chairman of Feeding India, a not for profit he started at 22 after quit his corporate job to work towards ending hunger and malnourishment in the country. The organization has fed 1 million meals with large youth networks and regular feeding programs in over 28 cities of India. His work and vision has been appreciated by leading business, social and government leaders from India and abroad.
The 17 United Nations Young Leaders were unveiled by UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, as the inaugural class of UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Social Good Summit in New York. “Today I am pleased to join in welcoming the inaugural class of UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “These 17 young change-makers are a testament to the ingenuity of youth and I congratulate them for their exceptional leadership and demonstrated commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Speaking at the event, Ankit said. “It is an honour to be selected as a UN Young Leader by such accomplished global leaders from around the world. This gives me an opportunity to further advocate global development goals that need to be achieved for a better planet and also raise India’s concerns and social challenges all over the world.” he said. Ankit will be at the United Nations in New York for the opening of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, where he is scheduled to take part in a series of high-level meetings and events.
Ankit has been a consistent spokesperson of the youth as well and has been invited to present inspirational talks at TEDx, panel discussions, meets, discussions, etc. especially in universities, colleges, schools where he strongly advocates the concept of Zero Food Waste and Zero Hunger. “Ankit inspires many with his story. His journey from leaving a corporate job to starting a not for profit organization without the lack of experience” said Srishti Jain, Feeding India core team member.
As a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, Ankit aims to continue his journey raising awareness about global problems that are our own and urging people to take action. With Feeding India, Ankit aims to feed 100 million meals in India by 2020, with a network of 10,000 Hunger Heroes in 100 cities of India and more sustained feeding programs.
Today Feeding India gives needy people access to food, people who would usually not be able to earn for themselves including children, elderly and specially abled. Apart from feeding people through volunteer programs, the organization runs regular self-sustained feeding programs with the help of various corporates, and vans that pick and donate food. As one of its focus areas, Feeding India provides food to children in ngo-run schools, helping them lead more healthier lives and get more focus for a better education and future. By diverting food from being dumped in ever growing landfills, Feeding India helps reduce methane gas from being produced. Additionally, it helps in reducing carbon footprints, by saving on the fuel and money that would have been spent in getting rid of the extra food.