New Delhi (NM Bureau): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the United Nations' Champions of the Earth award for the year 2018. The United Nations has recognised Modi with its highest environmental honour in the policy leadership category for his leadership to global solar alliance and the efforts to eliminate all single use plastic in India by 2022. Along with him, President of France Emmanuel Macron has also been awarded in the same category for his work on the Global Pact for the Environment.
"Six of the world’s most outstanding environmental changemakers will be recognized today with a Champions of the Earth Award, the UN’s highest environmental honor," the UN statement released on Wednesday said.
Cochin International Airport of India was also awarded for its leadership in use of sustainable energy in the category of entrepreneurial vision. The airport, situated in the southern part of India is world's first fully solar-powered airport. "
“Cochin is showing the world that our ever-expanding network of global movement doesn't have to harm the environment," the UN statement said recognising the feat of the airport.
The awards, instituted by the UN Environment is presented during the Champions of the Earth Gala in New York City, on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly. The Champions of the Earth award 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.