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Delhi: PM Modi receives 'UNEP Champions of the Earth' award, says 'Indians are committed to save the environment'

"It is an honour for Indians. Indians are committed to save the environment," PM said after receiving the award.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: October 03, 2018 23:38 IST ]

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday received the United Nations' highest environmental honour, the ‘UNEP Champions of the Earth’ award at a special ceremony in Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra here.

The award announced on 26th September, on the sidelines of 73rd UN General Assembly at New York City, was presented by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. 

"It is an honour for Indians. Indians are committed to save the environment," PM said after receiving the award.

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"Climate and calamity are directly related to culture; if climate is not the focus of culture, calamity cannot be prevented. When I say ‘Sabka Saath,’ I also include nature in it," PM Modi further said. 

PM Modi was 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.

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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.

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