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Lucknow girl Yugratna to interview UNFCCC exec secy, German minister

Lucknow girl Yugratna Srivastava, 21, a climate-change educator, has been invited by Germany’s ministry for economic cooperation and development, to play an active role in the opening ceremony of ‘Climate Planet’ at the Bonn Rheinaue, Germany, on November 5. 

lucknow Updated: Oct 11, 2017 14:50 IST
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The first time Yugratna addressed the UN General Assembly was in 2009. At the time, she was just 13 years old.
The first time Yugratna addressed the UN General Assembly was in 2009. At the time, she was just 13 years old.(HT Photo)

Lucknow girl Yugratna Srivastava, 21, a climate-change educator, has been invited by Germany’s ministry for economic cooperation and development, to play an active role in the opening ceremony of ‘Climate Planet’ at the Bonn Rheinaue, Germany, on November 5. 

“After the interview, federal minister Müller and others will address the audience, officially kicking off the event,” said Yugratna, adding she was very excited about being a part of the international ceremony.

The final year B Tech (electronics and communication) student of IIIT Allahabad is among the three young climate activists who will interview Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Gerd Müller, federal minister for economic development and cooperation, on the engagement needed to implement the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030. 

This event will be attended by key decision makers and high-ranking representatives from the local, regional and federal authorities, science experts, members of civil society, youths and media persons.

Last year in December, Yugratna had interviewed the then UN secretary-general, Ban Ki Moon, at the ‘Earth to Paris’ event organised in Paris. She had sought his views on environmental issues and how the youth could contribute more in this area. 

The first time Yugratna addressed the UN General Assembly was in 2009. At the time, she was just 13 years old.

Her invitation letter for the Germany event reads: Climate and sustainable development are inextricably interlinked. COP23 in Bonn will be an excellent opportunity to draw attention on this fact. Sometimes, meaningful and explicit imagery are needed to underline this reality and that is where you and the Climate Planet come in! 

The Climate Planet is a spectacular six storey building and an exposition venue. It is also a part of a larger engagement by the German ministry for economic cooperation and development to broaden public awareness on climate change issues.