Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded with the UN’s highest environmental honour, for his leadership of the International Solar Alliance and pledge to eliminate single use plastic in India by 2022.
Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron were named as recipients of the prestigious award for their exemplary leadership and advocating action on sustainable development and climate change. Along with Modi, five of the world’s most outstanding environmental change makers have been recognised with the Champions of the Earth Award.
“This years’ laureates are recognised for a combination of bold, innovative and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most urgent environmental issues of our times,” the UN Environment Programme said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the UNEP Champions of the Earth award from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New Delhi on today.
Guterres said PM Modi recognised the fact that climate change poses a direct existential threat to us.
“He knows what we need to do to avoid a catastrophe. Other leaders also recognise, know and understand, but the difference is that he not only recognises but he acts.”
Modi was conferred the award in the last week of September by the United Nations (UN) on the sidelines of 73rd UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City.
The Indian Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the global community for conferring the award upon him and also dedicated it to the country and its long tradition of co-existing with nature.
Asserting that the poor and the marginalised were the ultimate victims of the climate injustice, Modi said
“We need to put the same emphasis on protecting nature as we do on other issues”.
Narendra Modi was selected in the leadership category for his pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and for his unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022, it said.