PM Modi was honoured with the Global Goalkeeper Award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on September 24 for his efforts to improve sanitation in India.
The Global Goalkeeper Award is an annual award given by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a part of the Global Goals Awards.
The award is presented to leaders and individuals for their relentless efforts in achieving the universal Sustainable Development Goals as stipulated by the United Nations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to be honoured for his efforts to improve sanitation in India through the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan initiative.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched on October 2, 2014, in honour of Mahatama Gandhi, and has provided over 98% of India’s villages with over 100 million toilets, with a singular goal of eliminating open defecation.
Here is everything you need to know about the prestigious award that PM Modi is going to be conferred with:
“These awards tell the extraordinary stories of remarkable individuals taking action to bring the Global Goals to life and help achieve them by 2030,” is the citation on the foundation website for this year’s awards.
The Global Goals Awards are spread across five categories with each category having a specific age criteria.
PM Narendra Modi will receive the Global Goalkeeper Award which is a special recognition award that celebrates a political leader who has demonstrated their commitment to the Global Goals through impactful work in their country and/or globally.
The other categories are Progress, Changemaker, Campaign and Goalkeepers Voice.
PM Modi has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious Global Goalkeeper Award to mark his efforts to provide the Indian population with access to sanitation. An official statement from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation stated:
“Before the Swachh Bharat mission, over 500 million people in India did not have access to safe sanitation, and now, the majority do. There is still a long way to go, but the impacts of access to sanitation in India are already being realised. The Swachh Bharat mission can serve as a model for other countries around the world that urgently need to improve access to sanitation for the world’s poorest.”
In a solemn tribute to Bapu on his 150th birth anniversary, India has achieved the goal of becoming open defecation free.
Government of India’s flagship program, ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ has achieved a new milestone with making India Open Defecation Free.
In a befitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, India becomes Open defecation free after over 70 years of Independence.
Prime Minister Modi’s efforts to make cleanliness a mass movement will recieve global accolades when he receives the prestigious Goalkeepers award by the Bill-Melinda Gates fondation.
Swachh Bharat movement has been lauded globally with special mentions about PM Modi’s leadership.
The journey of Swachh Bharat continues to set new goals for itself and achieve new heights.It now focuses on the management of dry and wet waste, plastic waste management.
PM Modi recently announced a mission to eradicate single use plastic by 2022. Cleanliness is a habit and Prime Minister Modi knows just that.
Leading by example, PM Modi bent to pick up a flower, which fell from the bouquet presented to him as he landed in Houston.
In April 2017 too, he was seen putting ribbon and paper into his pocket at a book launch, rather than leaving it for others to dispose off.
Goalkeepers will focus on the challenge of fighting global inequality to ensure that no one is left behind. And PM Modi has been a champion of bringing about equality and better quality of life to all.
Dr Sindhu Prashanth