Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan Basu, has been

impacting the global fraternity with her work on peace and sustainability. Born on 5th June,

which is also World Environment Day, she feels that it was pre-ordained that she should grow

up to be an eco-warrior. Spreading the message of peace, happiness and sustainability has

been her passion since she was only 8 years old and she has worked tirelessly to enlist the

support of children and youth across geographical boundaries. In 2013, at the age of 12, she

was elected for a 2 year term as UNEP’s (United Nations Environment Programme) Global

Coordinator for Children and Youth and a member of its Major Groups Facilitating Committee

and she is the youngest person and the first minor, ever, to be elected into this position in the

history of UNEP.

Kehkashan is the founder of a youth organisation, Green Hope Foundation, which seeks to

provide a networking platform to children and youth in the region to carry forward the Rio legacy

through several environmental workshops and ground level projects on climate justice, biodiversity conservation,

waste segregation and reversing land degradation.

It now has over 1000 members across the Middle East, India, Brazil, USA and Canada. In her

role as the voice of children and youth, she has spoken at over 50 United Nations and other

international summits, travelling to over 20 countries. Her internationally acclaimed work on

sustainability has resulted in her appointment as the Youth Ambassador of World Future

Council, Honorary Adviser for the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development – NY,

Global Advisory Council member of Young Men 4 Gender Equality -USA , a Climate

Reality Leader , member of KidsRights Youngsters and a former Global Youth

Ambassador for A World At School (2014-2016) to promote the cause of global education.

In 2010 and in 2013, the Middle East’s most coveted education award, HH Shaikh Hamdan

Award for Distinguished Academic Performance. She is a poet and prolific writer and her poem

won the Taaleem Poetry Award at the 2012 Emirates International Festival of Literature. Her

maiden book on sustainability, “Tree of Hope”, was launched at the 2015 United Nations

Childrens’ Summit in New York and she also held a “reading” the 2016 Emirates Literature

Festival in Dubai.

For her environmental advocacy at a global level, Kehkashan has received international

awards from UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) in 2012, the 2012

Korea Green Foundation award, the 2013 International Young Eco-Hero award from

Action for Nature, USA & the 2014 Kids are Heroes USA award , 2014 GESS award as

Ambassador for the Environment , the 2014 Solar Pioneer Award and the 2015

International Diana Award.