17 July 2020

Welcome the Millennium Fellowship Class of 2020: Over 1,000 young leaders making the Sustainable Development Goals and UNAI Principles Reality

The Millennium Campus Network (MCN) and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) are proud to present the Millennium Fellowship Class of 2020, an ambitious program to help make the Sustainable Development Goals and UNAI principles a reality. The Class of 2020 Millennium Fellows have been selected from a record 15,159 applications from young leaders on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.   

Millennium Fellows are university undergraduates selected based on their leadership on sustainable development-related projects that advance the SDGs in their communities.  As Millennium Fellows, they will participate in a semester-long leadership development program to improve their student organizing, partnership building and community impact skills.  

The Millennium Fellowship Class of 2020  includes 1,000+ Fellows from 80 campuses in 20 nations that are participating in the program this year. The Class of 2020 is on track to include projects covering all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and all 10 UNAI Principles. Here is just a snippet of the fantastic projects the Class of 2020 has taken on:

At Kathmandu School of Law, Purbanchal University, Nepal, Millennium Fellows are conducting a research-based project to assess how COVID-19 has impacted the dissemination of Quality Education within Nepal with the goal of creating a policy guideline to bestow quality education during and after the pandemic.

At University of Ilorin, Nigeria, a Millennium Fellow advances SDG 5: Gender Equality through a grassroots movement to stop child marriage. This initiative aims to raise awareness on the negative consequences of child marriage in addition to supporting girls in the community by fundraising for scholarships to contirnue their education and become independent. During the Millennium Fellowship, the Project is projected to positively impact 200 people. 

At Duke University, United States, Millennium Fellows are creating a website to bridge the gap between climate change media and ordinary people who want to make a difference.  The website shows individuals what they can do in their daily lives, in their spare time/weekends, and in their careers to reduce their carbon footprint. This initiative is projected to reach and positively impact 80,000 people during the Millennium Fellowship.

Ban Ki-moon, eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, shared his enthusiasm for the program, "As Millennium Fellows, we need you to lead by example - with empathy, humility, and inclusion as guiding values. You can embrace global citizenship, building a strong global network to learn from and support each other…We are all counting on you to affirm the dignity of people and our planet, now and for years to come.”

The United Nations Academic Impact is proud to partner with MCN on this initiative, and you can check out our website in the coming weeks for more detailed articles on the Millennium Fellows and their projects. You can learn more about the Millennium Fellowship Class of 2020 and apply for the Class of 2021 at the Fellowship website.