This 7-year-old girl from Manipur will represent India at a UN conclave on disaster management
She may be only seven years old, but Licypriya Kangujam from Manipur is all set to attend the sixth session of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019, being held in United Nations headquarters Geneva, in Switzerland.
Licypriya, who will be representing children from the APAC region, will be addressing the UN along with 3,000 other delegates and participants from 140 countries. At the session, she will be speaking about plans and methods to reduce damages/disasters caused by deadly natural calamities.
The theme of the session this year is ‘Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies’, and is being organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, along with the Government of Switzerland. The session will be held from May 13 to 17, reports NewsD.
A Class II student, Licypriya is currently working as a Child Disaster Risks Reduction Advocate in International Youth Committee (IYC).
On the disaster management issue, she said,
"I get scared when I see on television people suffering and dying because of earthquakes, floods, and tsunami. I cry when I see children losing their parents or people becoming homeless due to dangers of disasters. I urge everyone to join their hands, minds, and passions to create a better world for all of us," reports Indian Women Blog.
The session will be attended by governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the United Nations, and other international organisations. Groups such as the National Societies of Red Cross, and the Red Crescent Organisation will also be present at the event.
However, this isn’t the first time Licypriya has been invited to participate in an international event. In 2018, she was invited to the 2018 Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risks Reduction in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, which was held from July 3 to 7.
All of seven, Licipriya has been to eight countries, where she represented India at various levels.