With an aim to attract more countries to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA), the amendments in the framework agreement of the ISA have been made earlier this month, said the Ministry of External Affairs.
As per the MEA the move will enable member states of the United Nations to join the grouping, including those beyond the tropics.
Earlier in November 2015, international-body ISA was formed jointly by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the then President of France, Francois Hollande, during COP21 in Paris.
The motive behind formation of ISA was to contribute in the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement via rapid and massive deployment of solar energy.
As per the PTI report, till date, a total of 87 countries have signed the framework agreement of the ISA, and 67 of them have deposited their instruments of ratification.
In order to achieve the universalisation of the membership of the ISA beyond the tropics, the first General Assembly of the alliance, held on October 3, 2018, had adopted the amendment to the framework agreement on its establishment to expand the scope of membership to all member states of the UN.
According to the Ministry, quoted PTI that “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 July 15, 2020.”
“The coming into force of the amendment of the ISA Framework Agreement will now allow all the Member States of the United Nations to join the International Solar Alliance, including those beyond the Tropics,” added the Ministry.
Moreover, the aim of the ISA is 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.
It’s objective is to mobilise member countries, seek commitments from international organisations and mobilise 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.
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