All UN members can join International Solar Alliance: India
89 countries have signed the Framework Agreement of the ISA and of these 72 have deposited their instruments of ratification
India on Friday said all members of the United Nations, including those living beyond the Tropics, can join the International Solar Alliance with the amendment to the Framework Agreement of the ISA coming into force.
The International Solar Alliance was launched jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of France during COP21 in Paris.
It aims to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement through rapid and massive deployment of solar energy. As on January 15, 2021, 89 countries have signed the Framework Agreement of the ISA and of these 72 have deposited their instruments of ratification.
In pursuance of the vision of Prime Minister Modi for achieving the universalization of the membership of the International Solar Alliance beyond the Tropics, the First General Assembly of the ISA, held on October 3, 2018, adopted the amendment of the Framework 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.
After the necessary ratifications/ approvals/ acceptances were obtained from the requisite number of ISA Member countries as mandated by the Framework Agreement of the ISA, the said amendment has entered into force on January 8, 2021.
The coming into force of the amendment of the ISA Framework Agreement allows all the member states of the United Nations to join the International Solar Alliance, including those lying beyond the Tropics.
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 organisations and mobilize private sector, to support rural and decentralised applications, access to affordable finance, island and village solar mini grids, rooftop installations, and solar e-mobility technologies.