This World Environment Day, UN Resident Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev joins the Government of India and UN Environment to urge industries, communities, and individuals to urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic.
Endowed with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, India is making strides towards becoming a global solar superpower. Since 2009, when the country first launched the National Solar Mission, it has installed solar panels on large tracts of unused land across the country. To meet its energy needs, India has set itself the ambitious target of generating 100 GW of solar energy by 2022, forty percent of which is to come from rooftop solar.
History is made by our achievements. We have come a long way to make the impossible possible: from the control of fire, to life-saving vaccines to landing on the moon. Our next historic achievement is right in front of us: health for all humankind. What if everyone had access to the health services they need? What if they were not published into poverty paying for the services? Together, we can make universal health coverage happen in our lifetime.