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PM Modi awarded Seoul Peace Prize, dedicates it to the nation
2/22/2019 12:09:12 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the Seoul Peace Prize in South Korea on Friday. Accepting it, he dedicated the award to the nation.

"I believe that this award belongs not to me personally, but to the people of India. The success that India has achieved in the last 5 years is due to aspirations, inspiration and efforts of the people of India. On their behalf, I accept the Award and express my gratitude," said the Prime Minister in his acceptance speech.

The $2000 award money will be utilised for the Namami Gange Programme, a national conservation project to cleanse River Ganga, he added.

The Seoul Peace Prize was awarded Modi in recognition of his dedication to international cooperation, global growth and human development.

"I am honoured that this award is being conferred on me in the year that we celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi," said the PM.

Time has come for world to unite in fight against terrorism: PM Narendra Modi in South Korea

"The Seoul Peace Prize was established to commemorate the success of the 24th Summer Olympics held in Seoul in 1988. The games ended on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. The games showcased the best of Korean culture, warmth of Korean hospitality & success of the Korean economy," said the 68-year-old Prime Minister.

The PM recalled how a few weeks before the Seoul Olympics, deadly terror outfit Al-Qaeda was formed. "Today, radicalization and terrorism have become globalized and are the biggest threats to global peace and security," he said.

"India’s growth story is not only good for the people of India but also for the entire world. We live in an increasingly interconnected world. Our growth and prosperity will inevitably contribute to global growth and development."

The Prime Minister also highlighted the India's contribution in fight against climate change. "India, as a responsible member of the international community, has been in the forefront of our collective fight against climate change. Despite having a historically low carbon footprint, India has been playing an active role in the global fight against climate change."
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