Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition

Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council Under ECOSOC Resolution 2003/212 Dated 5th of March 2003.
Designated by the United Nations Economic & Social Council Under Rule 79 of the Council’s Rules and Procedures.

IN SUPPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM FOR A BETTER WORLD AND THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 2015 - 2030

Hon. Amb. Kunwar Vikkrant Sandal is a Social Entrepreneur and a humanitarian Diplomat. He is an Oxford University Alumni (Hertford 2008), where he read for Social Entrepreneurship, prior to which he attained an Honor’s degree in Engineering from Coventry University.

He is associated with the Autonomous Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition, IIMSAM, as its Honorary Ambassador At-Large in the Republic of India and South Asia.

IIMSAM is an Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic & Social Council at UN HQ in New York. Working towards eradication of malnutrition and to achieve food security. As an IIMSAM, Hon. Amb. Mr. Sandal plays a vital role in global policy planning to fight severe hunger and malnutrition to save millions of lives in accordance with the Rome declaration and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

Amb. Sandal has taken a life time objective of “Eradication of Malnutrition Globally & Achieve Food Security” and his entire working, be its corporate or social, is aligned with it. He has established Research & Development Centre which is engaged in carrying out high-end R&D in the field of Phycology for producing various microalga including Spirulina in a most cost-effective way.

The United Nations has declared Spirulina, a super-food, a potent tool to eradicate malnutrition and has advised global governments to incorporate it in their national policy planning. Endorsed by WHO, FAO, UNICEF, NASA & various agencies, Spirulina has the potential to combat malnutrition in a most effective manner.To support global effort of streamlining Spirulina microalgae to counter severe humanitarian crises worldwide, he has established one of the biggest Spirulina Cultivation Farm in the South-East Asia at his home town-Dasuya, Punjab.

This facility not only serves as IIMSAM’s back- bone to its worldwide humanitarian endeavors but also offers employment opportunity to numerous individuals in the area which has been designated as one of the underdeveloped areas of India. Furthermore, to give his endeavors and objectives a perceptible shape, Amb. Sandal has developed one of its kind, multi-objective, replicable Micro Social entrepreneurship model for socio-economic upliftment of underprivileged at grass root level & making them part of the Global endeavor of ‘Eradication of Malnutrition and Achieve Food Security’.

This distinctive socio-economic model entails growing Spirulina in villages by imparting training to marginal and underprivileged farmers/women living below poverty line and creating a source of income for them.
This multi-objective model meets (8) of the (17) United Nations Sustainable Development Goals including, Combatting Poverty (SDG-1), Achieving Food Security (SDG-1), Sustainability & Skill Development (SDG-2), Women Empowerment (SDG-3), Eradication of Malnutrition (SDG-4: Reduce Child Mortality , SDG-5:Improve Maternal Health) , Enhancing Public Immunity towards diseases ( SDG-6), Creating Clean Environment (SDG-7), Rural/Tribal Development by partnering with them (SDG-8).

His Excellency, Mr. Sandal is an active Public Speaker and has been interviewed/ highlighted various times in national and international media. He is credited with organizing various awareness camps and seminars on Malnutrition along with the teams of Experts throughout India. Amb. Sandal has adopted and successfully treating hundreds of Cancer patients in the Malwa belt of Punjab, India.

He has also adopted thousands of undernourished underprivileged individuals suffering from acute malnutrition in India and abroad. Amb. Sandal has been instrumental in putting together a forum of young members of various parliaments, NGOs, IGOs, Governmental and non-Governmental bodies across nations, to discuss and implement solutions on momentous issues like terrorism, malnutrition, hunger, poverty, global migration, global food & energy crisis, international crime etc. He is actively working towards Indo-Pak peace process which is pivotal for regional stability. He also serves as a Co-Chair of the Kanwaljit Sandal Foundation, which is working with various national and international organizations “inter alia.”