Union Cabinet approves opening up of International Solar Alliance membership to all UN countries

The Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval for opening up International Solar Alliance (ISA) membership to all countries that are members of the United Nations. In this regard, Cabinet has approved to move Resolution in the first Assembly of ISA for amending the Framework Agreement of ISA.It will put solar energy in global agenda with universal appeal for developing and deploying solar energy. It will make ISA inclusive, whereby all member countries of UN could become the member. Thus, expanding membership will lead to ISA initiative benefiting the world at large.

ISA is an alliance of more than 121 countries initiated by India, most of them being sunshine countries, to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy so as to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. India and France co-hosted the first International Solar Alliance summit here in March this year.

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International Solar Alliance (ISA)

  • ISA is an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries The ISA Framework Agreement had entered into force in December 2017 and formally became the de-jure treaty-based International Intergovernmental organization.
  • It is headquartered at Gurugram, India. The main objective of ISA is to include global deployment of over 1,000GW of solar generation capacity and mobilization of investment of over US$ 1000 billion into solar energy by 2030.
  • ISA also aims to serve as an action-oriented organization by bringing together countries with rich solar potential to aggregate global demand,  thereby reducing prices through bulk purchase. It also seeks to facilitate deployment of existing solar technologies at scale and promoting collaborative solar R&D and capacity building.

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