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Modi honoured with UN's ‘Champion of the Earth' award

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 27 Sep 2018 4:50 AM GMT

Modi honoured with UNs ‘Champion of the Earth award
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New York/ New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was recognized for his remarkable work in the field of ‘Policy Leadership Category’ for which United Nation conferred him with it's highest environmental honour, the ‘Champions of the Earth Awards’ that was announced on Wednesday.

Modi along with French President Emmanuel Macron were recognised in the ‘Policy Leadership Category’ for their “pioneering work in championing” the International Solar Alliance and “new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action”, the UN Environment Programme said.

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PM Modi's name was listed for his clean India vision and pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022.”

It is worth mentioning that PM Modi was among six winners of the United Nation’s highest environmental honour, the ‘Champions of the Earth Awards’ .

Acknowledging the international recognition of India on International platform BJP president Amit Shah tweeted, “It is a matter of great pride for every Indian” that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the UN’s highest recognition for people whose actions have had a transformative impact on the environment."

The Cochin International Airport also bagged the ‘Entrepreneurial Vision’ Award for its leadership in the use of sustainable energy. “Cochin is showing the world that our ever-expanding network of global movement doesn’t have to harm the environment. As the pace of society continues to increase, the world’s first fully solar-powered airport is proof positive that green business is good business,” as per UNEP statement.

The other winners include environmental and indigenous rights defender Joan Carling and the ‘Beyond Meat and Impossible Food’ in the Science and Innovation category for their popular, plant-based alternative to beef and 'their efforts to educate consumers about environmentally conscious alternatives.'

The awards will be presented during the 'Champions of the Earth Gala' in New York City, on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly. It is the UN’s highest environmental recognition “celebrating exceptional figures from the public and private sectors and from civil society, whose actions have had a transformative positive impact on the environment,” read the UNEP statement.

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