Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive the United Nations’ highest environmental honour, the ‘UNEP Champions of the Earth’ award at a special ceremony in Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in the national capital on Wednesday.
According to an official statement, the award to be presented by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was announced on September 26, on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly at New York City.
The Prime Minister will also address the gathering. Mr Modi 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.
The annual ‘Champions of the Earth’ prize is awarded to outstanding leaders from government, civil society and the private sector whose actions have had a positive impact on the environment, the statement said.