New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday was felicitated with UNEP Champions of the Earth award – UN’s highest environmental honour. He was presented with the honour by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New Delhi on Wednesday.
At the event, Guterres said that PM Modi has recognised the fact that climate change poses a direct existential threat to the global community.
“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 recognizes but he acts,” Guterres said.
PM Modi with his modest leadership India has installed 300 million LED lights bulbs, it’s a remarkable achievement, he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech said, “the world is accepting India’s condolences towards the environment”.
PM Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron were jointly conferred the award on September 26 by the United Nations (UN) on the sidelines of 73rd UN General Assembly in New York City.
The world leaders were awarded with the title or their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and promoting new areas of cooperation on environmental action.
BJP leaders laud PM Modi
- “I thank the United Nations for honing our PM for his outstanding and inspiring leadership and commitment in the arena of the environment,” said Dr. Harsh Vardhan, minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences at UN event in Delhi.
- At the event, BJP senior leader Sushma Swaraj praised PM Modi for his patinet attitude of dealing with international pressure – wherein foreign countries have repeteadly stressed that India
- needs to cut down on coal consumption. She added that the Prime Minister has found the best solution to this issue, in the form of solar power harvesting.“ Earth is not just a planet for us, Earth is our mother,” Swaraj said.
BJP president, Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Dr Harshvardhan, Dr Mahesh Sharma and other cabinet members of Modi government were present during the event.
The United Nations Environment Programme established “Champions of the Earth” in 2005 as an annual awards programme to recognise outstanding environmental leaders from the public and private sectors, and from civil society.