Karuna Rana

Country representing




Current organisation

United Nations Environment Programme

Current role

<p>Youth Editor (Global Environment Outlook 5)</p>

Areas of interest

Interfaith Dialogue

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about


Over the past few years, I have translated my passions into substantial projects ranging from grassroots actions, activism, journalism and social entrepreneurship, both locally and internationally. My community-based paper re-use project was runner-up of the Youth Excellence Award in Mauritius. Similarly, my leadership roles such as the Tunza Youth Advisor (Africa Region) to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Ambassador Leader for Environment to One Young World have enabled me to work on a number of regional and global projects, and passionately speak on behalf on global youth at several high-level conferences. I'm currently also involved with different youth networks and organisations on projects/campaigns related to Rio+20, for example the UNEP Youth Steering Committee on Rio+20.

Some of my key ongoing projects include:

  1. Wake Up Call Mauritius (Founder and Coordinator): What started as a mere Mauritian chapter of the new global movement ‘Wake Up Call’, is now a full-fledged sustainability youth movement. Its challenging appeal to the Government of Mauritius, to have active youth participation in sustainable development and decision-making processes pertaining to it, for instance the Rio+20 Summit, was accepted. Current and forthcoming activities include an educational/sustainability tour of colleges and Mauritius+20 (a simulation of the actual Rio+20 Summit with youth in Mauritius).
  2. Speak Your Mind (Contributor – COP17 and Rio+20 team): A cross format publication, run by young emerging journalists, dedicated to working on communications that aids advocacy, both through its online platform and through syndicated media. It provides in-depth coverage of environmental negotiations such as the COP meetings and Rio+20 Summit. Speak Your Mind was also recipient of  the 2012 WWF Earth Hour ‘Eco Blogger’ Award.