PM Modi receives the highest UN Environment Award

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, presents PM Modi with the 'Champions of the Earth Award' on Wednesday

PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday received the Champions of the Earth, the highest United Nations honour that recognises contribution in the field of environment and environment protection.

“In PM Narendra Modi, we have a leader who realises the issue of climate change and understands the benefits of climate action. He knows the problems and also works to solve them,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the award handing ceremony in New Delhi.

Along with PM Narendra Modi, the Cochin International Airport, which is the world’s first fully solar powered airport, too received a similar honour. The airport was awarded in the Entrepreneurial Vision category for “leadership in the use of sustainable energy”.

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“We are recognising a statesman who embodies true leadership,” Guterres said, adding that the world needs bold leadership on climate action.

PM Modi, while accepting the award, said that the “honour is the result of the commitment [that] the people of India [have towards] to environment”.

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.’


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PM Modi mentioned the Kochi airport’s award in his speech. “This is also a proud moment for India because the Kochi Airport has received an award… It also shows our seriousness towards caring for the environment.”


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