India contributes US$ 1 million to UN’s ambitious solar project

Date: 
Friday, 28 September 2018

New York | DM

In support of climate action and to advocate for the use of clean and renewable sources of energy at the United Nations, the Government of India has committed US$1 million towards a project to install solar panels and a green roof on the Conference Building of the United Nations Headquarters.

The contribution was received by Under-Secretary-General for Management, Jan Beagle, at a meeting organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations to confirm the Government of India's commitment to climate action and energy efficiency.

The Permanent Representative of India, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, emphasized that harnessing solar energy was an important aspect of using renewable energy. He said, “It is my hope that installing solar panels at UN Headquarters would set in motion enhanced solar energy cooperation at the international stage.”

Recalling the recent remarks of the Secretary-General that climate change was the defining issue of our time, Ms. Beagle thanked the Government of India for its contribution. The initiative will help the Secretariat to reduce its carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy, and also represents “new ways of doing business”, contributing to the implementation of the Secretary-General’s reform agenda.

"India’s generous contribution sends a strong message promoting innovation for action on climate change, and enables greater efficiencies,” Ms. Beagle said.