PM Modi re­ceives UN’s Cham­pi­ons of the Earth award

Chemical Industry Digest - - News & Views -

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.

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