Licypriya Kangujam, the 7-year-old child climate activist from Manipur in India, who received the prestigious "World Children Peace Prize 2019" from Global Peace Index - Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), said it is time to take action before it is too late at the event.
Kangujam told PSM-the official television channel of Maldives government-after receiving the prize said, "They recognized climate change as one of the greatest long-term challenges to international peace and security."
"The impact of climate change goes beyond the environment. At the national, regional and global levels, climate change is having a significant effect on economies, social development and peace, and security, particularly in fragile contexts where it is a threat multiplier to governance challenges," she added.
The climate activist added that increased frequency, severity and magnitude of extreme weather events all over the world--one of the most immediate and visible results of climate change--will likely continue to generate a humanitarian crisis.
She added, "I am very thankful to the Global Peace Index, Government of Maldives and RAFY for this great honour. I will not take this only as an achievement but as a new responsibility fixed on me to achieve my goal to fight for the global climate change. This is the time for action before it's too late. I trust everyone will support me."
Later, Kangujam will be traveling to Thailand after the Maldives to attend the United Nations Asia - Pacific Climate Week 2019 to be held from 2-6 September at UN Conference Centre, Bangkok.
She further said: "My visit to these important nations on the invitation of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will help to raise regional and global climate ambition which are walking the talk and making the conferences sustainable to the greatest possible extent. This includes offsetting all unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions from air travel to and from the conference. Will meet global leaders from various countries in the next 5 days."
The program is convened by United Nations Secretary-General in advance with the upcoming UN Climate Summit 2019, which will be held on September 23 in New York to meet the climate challenge.
The summit will showcase a leap in collective national political ambition and it will demonstrate massive movements in the real economy in support of the agenda.
Together, these developments will send strong market and political signals and inject momentum in the "race to the top" among countries, companies, cities and civil society that is needed to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
During her visit to Malè, Republic of Maldives, Licypriya also met Dr. Hussain Rasheed Hassan, Minister of Environment, Government of Maldives.
In the meeting, a presentation was given regarding the effects of climate change to all the senior officers of the Ministry and discussed climate change mitigation in the presence of the Minister. She urged to pressurise SAARC Countries to enact the Climate Change law to tackle various issues of our environment with action in this region.