PM Modi receives UNEP Champion of the Earth award
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the United Nations’ highest environmental honour, the ‘UNEP Champion of the Earth’ award, at a special ceremony here on Wednesday. The award was presented by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Addressing on the occasion Modi said the award is the honour to 125 core Indians who are committed to environment protection. He said, it is the honour to tribals, fishermen and framers of India.
The Prime Minister emphasized that caring for the environment is very much a part of Indian culture from ancient times. Stating that climate and calamity are directly related to culture, he said if climate is not the focus of culture, calamity cannot be prevented.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, Prime Minister Modi is a leader who realizes the issue of climate change and understands the benefits of climate action.
He said the Prime Minister recognises that climate change poses a direct existential threat to the world and also knows what needs to do to avoid a catastrophe.
The Prime Minister has been 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.