PM Modi receives UN’s Champions of the Earth award
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the Champions of the Earth award from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Delhi. Modi was also recognised for his International Solar Alliance initiative, a global partnership that aims to scale up solar energy in ‘solar-resource-rich countries’ and reduce humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels.
PM Narendra Modi was awarded the UN honour along with French President Emmanuel Macron. The two leaders were recognised in the Policy Leadership category for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and promoting new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action.
“Prime Minister Modi’s unprecedented bold stance in the fight against single-use plastic sent a clear message to the world that the time for action is now,” Head of UN Environment Erik Solheim said. “It is ambitious leaders like him that will propel us forward in the fight to keep our natural environment healthy, accessible and sustainable for all. For this, I am immensely inspired and grateful.”
The UN environment agency said that under Modi’s leadership, Indian sustainable policy implementation and green grassroots initiatives have flourished, with forty million new cooking gas connections and over three hundred million LED bulbs being installed across the country. A major push towards renewable energy in recent years has propelled India to become the fifth largest producer of solar energy and the sixth largest producer of renewable energy worldwide.
The Champions of the Earth Award is the United Nations’ highest environmental honour, bestowed on the world’s greatest change agents - individuals and organisations meriting international recognition for their environmental achievements.