Modi said: "It is the duty of each one of us, to ensure that the quest for material prosperity does not compromise our environment".
While noting that proper management of plastic waste, through the promotion of the three R's of waste management - "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" - should be adopted, the association also called for encouraging research into alternatives to plastics.
Umuahia - Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia says that social orientation and legislation are best measures for checking the proliferation of plastic pollution in Nigeria. More in detail, Mr Modi mentioned: "The choices that we make today will define our collective future".
"Our motto is more crop, per drop", he added.
Millions of people from over 100 countries including Brunei Darussalam have taken part over the years, helping drive change in consumption habits as well as in national and global environmental policy.
At the same time, five trillion of plastic bags are produced globally and they eventually end up at landfills, polluting the ground water, surface water and the entire environment. He said, India is reducing its dependence on fossil fuels and it is switching sources of fuel where possible.
India pledged to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by the year 2022 on Tuesday. He said, India will soon revive the Ganga, its most precious river.
New Delhi has tried repeatedly over the past decade to ban the use of thin plastic bags, most recently announcing a heavy fine for rule-breakers.
In conjunction with the Day, UN Environment (UNEP), on Monday, launched REN21, or the Renewables 2018 Global Status Report, which paints a positive picture of a renewable power sector characterized by falling costs, increased investment, record-setting installation and innovative business models that are driving rapid change.
The issue will then be explored at a more local level with the award-winning documentary Baykeepers which follows Neil Blake on his journey to investigate the far-reaching impact of plastic waste on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay.
Since it was first celebrated in 1974, the Day has helped raise awareness and generate political momentum around global environmental concerns such as ozone depletion, desertification and global warming. Environment Ministers, representatives from United Nations and members from various industry bodies were among the various dignitaries who attended the event. Earlier, the Prime Minister visited an exhibition at the Rajpath Lawns.