Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ with other global leaders at the event 'Leadership Matters: Relevance of Gandhi in the Contemporary World' at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The inauguration of the 50 KW solar park is a gesture to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy and celebrate his 150th birth anniversary. The event was hosted by India on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. UN Chief Antonio Guterres, PM Narendra Modi, President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, Jamaican PM Andrew Holness and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern were present and spoke at the event.
India has gifted 50 KW solar panels to the United Nations, that have been installed at the terrace of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This gesture that celebrates the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi also highlights India’s willingness to go beyond the talk on climate change and delve into action. 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. There will be one-panel for each of the 193 UN Member States.
#UNGA| Watch Prime Minister Modi’s heartfelt address at the programme on ‘Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World’ held at the @UN. Tune in https://t.co/rGQJsiKgt2 pic.twitter.com/t2aE3ngVx2— Republic (@republic) September 24, 2019
India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin spoke about India's tribute and contribution on Friday. Speaking to the media, Akbaruddin said, "Never has there been a symbolic Indian effort at the UN, of a tangible nature, which impacts every country of the type that the Gandhi Solar Park is going to be. The UN always talks about renewable energy. It always talks about climate action (and) climate change. By this small effort that we've made, we symbolise our willingness to go beyond the talk."
The Prime Minister also inaugurated ‘Gandhi Peace Garden’. The 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. The initiative 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.
#BreakingNews at #UNGA | Gandhi ji made us think about climate change even before the term existed: S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister @MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar https://t.co/RZHKU3wOei pic.twitter.com/VCTZs5vSrq— Republic (@republic) September 24, 2019
Meanwhile, PM Modi was also be presented with the 2019 'Global Goalkeeper Award' by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York on Tuesday night. The honour is a 'pecial 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 Narendra Modi was honoured for his leadership of the Swachh Bharat Mission, which he had launched on October 2, 2014. PM Narendra Modi dedicated the award to the people of India.