As one of the highest honour and acclamations for world leaders, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron has been selected to receive this year’s ‘Champions of the Earth’ award. Notably, this is the highest environment award ever offered by the United Nations.
Both the top leaders of their respective nations are being selected in the same category of Policy leadership for their extraordinary activities and environment-friendly missions like the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and innovations and implementations of a new level of environmental actions.
Worth mentioning is that both the nations had launched the ISA on sidelines of the UN climate conference (COP21) in Paris in 2015. The launch of the ISA signifies being a part of the solar-rich nations towards stimulating actions for increasing solar power footprints in 121 potential member countries across the globe. In India, the ISA is headquartered in Gurugram near New Delhi.
However, not only the Indian PM, in fact, world's first fully solar-powered airport based in India, the Cochin Airport too is selected for the environmental award under the Entrepreneurial Vision category.
The United Nations have been bestowing this prestigious award since 13 years now and so far 84 such persons and organizations have been honoured for their outstanding contributions towards saving and protecting the environment.