Highlights:

  • The primary objective of the alliance is to work for efficient the exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels
  • 87 Countries have signed the Framework Agreement of the ISA and of these 67 have deposited their instruments of ratification
  • The objective of the ISA is to mobilize member countries, seek commitments, and provide support & access for solar technologies

New Delhi: The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of 121 countries initiated by India launched jointly by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and the President of France during COP21 in Paris. The primary objective of the alliance is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization, which is to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Amendment of the Framework Agreement will now allow all the United Nations Member States to enter the International Solar Alliance.

It aims to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement through rapid and massive deployment of solar energy. 87 Countries have signed the Framework Agreement of the ISA and of these 67 have deposited their instruments of ratification. The First General Assembly of the ISA held on 3 October 2018 in pursuance of the vision of PM of India for achieving the universalization of the membership of the International Solar Alliance beyond the Tropics. It adopted the amendment of the Agreement on the establishment of the International Solar Alliance, to expand the scope of Membership of the ISA to all Member States of the United Nations.

The amendment entered into force on 15 July 2020 after the necessary approvals were obtained from the requisite number of ISA Member countries. The ISA aims to bring together countries to provide a collective response to the main common obstacles to the massive deployment of solar energy in terms of technology, finance, and capacity. The objective of the ISA is to mobilize member countries, seek commitments from international organizations and mobilize the private sector, to support rural and decentralized applications. Also provide access to affordable finance, island and village solar mini-grids, rooftop installations, and solar e-mobility technologies.

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