Now, UN Members can be part of International Solar Alliance (ISA) as the Cabinet (Indian Government) approves Ratification of the amended Framework Agreement of the ISA for opening up the ISA membership to all countries that are members of the United Nations.
As per erstwhile Article VII of the Framework Agreement, membership is open to those solar resource-rich States, which lie fully or partially between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn and are members of the United Nations.
But, now it has been amended and the Assembly may grant partner country status to those States falling outside the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, are members of the United Nations, and willing and able to contribute to the objectives and activities of the ISA. This means UN Members can be part of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and contribute towards this objective.
Reason for Approval:
The Union Cabinet approves the ratification of the amended Framework with the aim to make ISA inclusive to achieve the aim of expanding solar energy deployment. This will bring other countries together in the field of deployment and development of Solar Energy. This will help in collaborations for joint research, development, and demonstration, sharing information and knowledge, capacity building, supporting technology hubs and creating networks.
There are 195 members of the United Nations at present which will put deployment and development of solar energy in global agenda with universal appeal.
Brief about International Solar Alliance:
the International Solar Alliance is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource-rich countries where the global community, including bilateral and multilateral organizations, corporates, industry, and other stakeholders.
It is established to make a positive contribution to assist and help achieve the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting energy needs of prospective ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner.
- The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is a treaty-based international organization. The Parties to the Framework Agreement on the Establishment of the International Solar Alliance (Framework Agreement) have established the ISA to:
- mobilize more than USD 1,000 billion into solar power by 2030
- accelerate the development and deployment of over 1,000GW of solar generation capacity in member countries to meet energy demands and to bring prosperity, energy security, and sustainable development through solar. Put simply, our goal is to make the sun shine brighter.
- The ISA was launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on 30 November 2015 by H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and H.E. Mr. Francois Hollande, former Hon’ble President of France, in the presence of Mr. Ban Ki Moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.
- The ISA Framework Agreement was opened for signature during the CoP-22 at Marrakesh (city of Morocco) on 15th November 2016.
- There are a total of 75 countries who have signed the ISA Framework.
- The headquarter of ISA is situated in Gurugram, India.