The honour has been conferred on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in recognition of his leadership in a global solar alliance and the efforts to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the 2018 United Nations' Champions of the Earth award.

The United Nations has recognised Modi with its highest environmental honour in the policy leadership category for lending his leadership to the global solar alliance and his efforts to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022. Along with him, the 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 change-makers will be recognised today with Champions of the Earth Award, the UN's highest environmental honour," the UN statement released on Wednesday read.

Cochin International Airport of India was also awarded for its leadership in the use of sustainable energy in the category of entrepreneurial vision. The airport, situated in the southern part of India is the world's first fully solar-powered airport.
Delighted that Cochin International Airport’s remarkable usage of sustainable energy has been recognised and the Airport is a proud recipient of the @UN ‘Champions of the Earth Awards.’
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 27, 2018

"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.

The awards, instituted by UN Environment, were 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.

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