Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be honored this month with the prestigious “Global Goal Award” by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his excellent leadership and commitment in “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan”. 

During his visit to New York, PM Modi will also address global leaders and corporate executives at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, there he will visit for the high-level United Nations General Assembly. 

Sources told new agency that the Indian Prime Minister will be offered 2019 “Global Goalkeeper Award”, which according to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a “special recognition” that celebrates a political leader who has “demonstrated their commitment to the Global Goals through impactful work in their country or globally.”

PM Modi will be honored for his outstanding leadership of Swachh Bharat Mission, which he introduced on October 2, 2014. 

This mission aimed at accelerating the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage in the nation by 2019 as a contribution to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birthday.

Till date, 90 million toilets have been developed in the nation to remove open defecation by October 2, and currently around 98 percent of villages in India have rural sanitation coverage instead of 38 percent in the last 4-years.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will organize the 4th Annual Goalkeepers “Global Goal Awards” on September 24, which will be divided into five categories that are offered to leaders and leaders or individuals for their efforts in attaining Sustainable Development Goals. The categories are – Changemaker, Progress, Goalkeepers Voice, Campaign, and Global Goalkeeper. 

The Foundation was quoted saying, “These Awards tell the extraordinary stories of remarkable individuals taking action to bring the Global Goals to life and help achieve them by 2030,” adding that this year, Goalkeepers will aim on the challenge of fighting global inequality to ensure that no one is left behind.

Last year, speakers at the Goalkeepers event have included French President Emmanuel Macron, former United States President Barack Obama, Deputy UN Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Nobel Peace Prize winners like Nadia Murad and Malala Yousafzai.

Speakers at the event this year has include the Foundation Co-Chairs, Mohammed, Bill and Melinda Gates, and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

PM Modi will also attend the high-level UNGA Session that will begin later this month at the world body’s headquarters. The Prime Minister will address the world leaders at 193-members the UNGA’s General Debate on September 27.

PM Modi will be the keynote speaker at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum on September 25. Sources told news agency after Narendra Modi’s keynote address, there will be a Q&A Session with him regulated by Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies Founder Michael Bloomberg.

The Bloomberg Global Business Forum gathers government leaders and global business to discuss collaborative and innovative ways to deal with the new challenges to global economic growth, said the organisation.

Main Speakers at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum include former US President Bill Clinton, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, former UK Premier Theresa May, and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

During his visit, PM Modi will also unveil the ‘Gandhi Peace Garden’, a new initiative to commence Mahatma Gandhi 150th birthday. Under the innovative initiative, the Consulate General of India in New York, the State University of New York-Old Westbury, and Long Island-based NGO Shanti Fund have entered into an agreement to plant over 150 trees.

The garden is developed in the memory of Gandhi ji as well as his crowdsourced project, with people planting trees in memory of their loved ones. This garden is an open site within 600 acres campus of the University. 

“The novelty of this initiative is that it is being financed by the people. They are planting a tree, adopting a tree in memory of their parents, guru or loved ones,” sources added. 

The United Nations General Debate will start from September 24 and end on September 30. The United States President Donald Trump, who had alreday delivered his first address to global leaders from the General Assembly hall’s iconic green podium in 2017, will also address the high-level session on September 24.

The United States is usually the second speaker on the opening ceremony of the General Debate, after Brazil.

Before arriving in New York for the UNGA Session, Narendra Modi will visit Houston where he will address the Indian-American Community on September 22.

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