A Bangladeshi youth has been selected as one of the 17 Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), class of 2020.
The United Nations (UN) on Friday announced the names of the latest class of 17 Young Leaders who are driving action and galvanising others in support of the 2030 Agenda, according to a press release.
Young Leaders for the SDGs is a flagship initiative of the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, which recognises the efforts of young people who are leading efforts to combat the world's most pressing issues.
Zahin Razeen, 22, from Bangladesh is a deep-tech architect. He is the founder of Hydroquo+ (collaborating with South-east Asian countries to leverage AI for ensuring water security) and Quantum Polychemics Biotechnology (producing all-natural non-toxic organic biopolymer).
He co-founded Aqualink Robotics (making Industrial IoT devices for companies seeking automation).
He is also the managing director of Lingwinged-tech, an AI-enabled MOOC language platform.
Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth said, "The 2020 Young Leaders for the SDGs are a clear example of how young people are leading the way in shaping a more sustainable and inclusive future for all."
"Despite being disproportionately impacted by Covid-19, young people around the world continue to demonstrate immense resilience, resourcefulness and leadership in finding innovative solutions to recover better and achieve the SDGs," he added.
These young leaders represent the diverse voices of young people from every region of the world, the press release said.
They are collectively responsible for activating millions of young people in support of the SDGs, it added.
Apart from the Bangladeshi youth, the 2020 Young Leaders for the SDGs are: AY Young, 29, United States; Hadiqa Bashir, 18, Pakistan; İlayda Eskitaşçıoğlu, 26, Turkey; Jichen Liu, 23, China; Lester Philipp Vargas Angeles, 24, Peru; LoayRadwan, 21, Egypt; Mariama Djambony Badji, 22, Senegal; Martin Karadzhov, 27, Bulgaria; Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, 29, Nigeria; Ralf Toejnes, 28, Brazil; Satta Sheriff, 22, Liberia; Siena Castellon, 18, Ireland; Tania Rosas, 29, Colombia; Tim Lo Surdo, 26, Australia; UditSinghal, 18, India; and Vanessa Nakate, 23, Uganda.
More information on the 2020 Young Leaders for the SDGs, including the full profiles of the Young Leaders and their commitments to advancing the SDGs, is available at un.org/youthenvoy/about-the- young-leaders-for-the-sdgs.