Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Houston, Texas on Saturday which marks the beginning of his week-long visit to the United States. Next week, in a first of its kind symbolic effort by India at the UN, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a 50KW 'Gandhi Solar Park' during his visit to the world organization, a gesture that highlights India's willingness to go beyond the talk on climate change. Republic TV got exclusive access to the ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ at the UN Headquarters. Watch the video above.
At a contribution of about one million dollars, India has gifted 193 solar panels that have been installed on the roof of the UN Headquarters, one-panel each for every 193 UN Member States. PM Modi will remotely inaugurate the solar park at the UN Headquarters and the ‘Gandhi Peace Garden’ during a special commemorative event on September 24 marking Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. On the occasion, a special UN Postage on Gandhi's 150 years will also be released.
The 'Gandhi Peace Garden' is an innovative initiative under which the Consulate General of India in New York, Long Island-based NGO Shanti Fund and the State University of New York - Old Westbury have entered into an agreement to plant 150 trees. The garden is dedicated to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and is a crowdsourced project, with people adopting trees in the memory of their loved ones. The garden is in an open site within the 600 acres campus of the University. India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin told reporters a few days ago that the country's engagement during the high-level UN General Assembly session will be action-oriented and with visible outcomes and the Solar Park is an example of that.
PM Modi will also be presented with the 2019 'Global Goalkeeper Award' by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on September 24. The honour is a 'special recognition' that celebrates a political leader who has 'demonstrated their commitment to the Global Goals through impactful work in their country and/or globally.' PM Modi will be honoured for his leadership of the Swachh Bharat Mission, which he had launched on October 2, 2014.
(With PTI inputs)