Mya-Rose Craig is a 18-year-old British Bangladeshi young birder and environmentalist from the Chew Valley and writes the Birdgirl blog. She became the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate of Science from Bristol University, in 2019 was listed as one of Bristol's BME top 100 and top 50 most influential power lists as well as a Guardian local hero.
She organises nature camps for young people from inner city areas, and was a Minister in Chris Packham's 2018 People’s Manifesto for Wildlife, speaking at his People’s Walk for Wildlife in front of 10,000 people in Hyde Park, and spoke before Greta Thunberg to 40,000 youth strikers in Bristol. Mya-Rose is a leading voice in the media highlighting issues with biodiversity and species extinction.
“I become a patron for the Global Goals Centre because the United Nations target of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are really important to me because they set out the better world that I want to see for everyone on our planet. I’m very excited for the future of the Global Goals Centre, I’m very excited for all of the young people that it’s going to educate and I’m very excited for the future of the planet too."
Anantha Duraiappah took the position as inaugural Director of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) based in New Delhi, India in 2014. In his previous post at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), he initiated and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Dr. Duraiappah is presently focusing on strengthening the science-policy guide in Education by researching and exploring how the neurosciences of learning can contribute to developing emotional & intellectual intelligence through innovative digital pedagogies.
"The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations are truly a unique achievement for humanity, addressing issues and concerns that are universal as opposed to just being limited to some countries. We must realise that we all live together in one precious and beautiful planet. We cannot possibly maintain the beauty and the well-being of our planet if we do not act collectively, and be kind and compassionate towards each other.
The Global Goals Centre strives to address three overarching objectives of the 17 SDGs; putting an end to extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice and tackling climate change. The focus on these three objectives is what attracted me to the Centre and inspired me to be a part of its team. In addition, the emphasis on working with youth as active agents of change resonates with my own passion and belief that our future is dependent on the voices of the young. I look forward to working with the Centre as we collectively work towards making the SDGs a reality."