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Who is 18-year-old Udit Singhal selected by UN for ‘2020 Young Leaders for SDGs’?


Team Udayavani, Sep 18, 2020, 8:14 PM IST

18-year-old youth from Delhi, Udit Singhal, has been selected by the United Nations as one of 17 ‘2020 Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals’ from around the world.

He has been named to the 2020 Class of 17 Young Leaders for SDGs. It is a highest-profile recognition opportunity for the youngsters who are leading efforts on the world’s most pressing issues


Udit Singhal is the founder of Glass2Sand, a zero-waste ecosystem that has been addressing the growing problem of glass waste in Delhi.

UN office stated that he founded Glass2Sand, an environment-friendly project that addresses the “growing menace” of glass waste in Delhi and prevents empty glass bottles from being dumped into landfills

Singhal was  a student at The British School in New Delhi where he initiated the Glass2Sand project in late 2018 when collection of bottles had become unviable for waste collectors due to dropping demand, because large storage spaces were needed and the transport costs were high.

His initiative of the zero-waste ecosystem has helped in preventing 8000 bottles from going into the landfills and has produced around 4,815 kilograms of high-grand silica sand.

The 2020 Class of 17 Young Leaders includes representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Ireland, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Turkey, Uganda and the United States.

 

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