Shri Narendra Modi received Champions of the Earth Award 2018
On 3rd October, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi received the United Nations' highest environmental honour, the ‘UNEP Champions of the Earth’. The award was presented by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to him at a special ceremony in Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi.
The Champions of the Earth award was announced on 26th September, on the sidelines of 73rd UN General Assembly at New York City.
Sri 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.
The annual ‘Champions of the Earth’ prize is awarded to outstanding leaders from government, civil society and the private sector whose actions have had a positive impact on the environment.
“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.”
Champions of the Earth award was launched in 2005, has recognized many individuals and organizations. Since its inception Champions of the Earth award has recognized 84 laureates. The champions have inspired and motivated through their political leadership, grassroots action, scientific innovation, or entrepreneurial vision.
Champions of the Earth award recognizes laureates in the following categories:
- Lifetime Achievement
- Policy Leadership
- Action and Inspiration
- Entrepreneurial Vision
- Science and Innovation
Read more about the Champions of the Earth award.
News Source: Press Bureau of India