The idea of International Solar Alliance mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi began taking shape with its launch at French capital Paris on 30th November 2015. The objective of International Solar Alliance is to promote solar power generation and utilisation globally to fight climate change and protect the environment. International Solar Alliance brings together 121 countries that fall between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn to give a push to solar power generation.
The international government organisation has got recognition from the United Nations. New Delhi will host the Founding Conference of International Solar alliance on 11th March. While International Solar Alliance is a coalition of 121 prospective member countries, 60 countries are signatories to its framework agreement.and 30 have ratified it so far. Leaders of 47 countries will be participating in the Founding Conference.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair the Founding Conference. Leaders from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Seychelles, Ghana, Australia, Venezuela, Fiji and Mauritius are arriving to attend the conference. Heads of World Bank, Asian Development Bank, New Development Bank and European Investment Bank are also expected to participate in the conference At the conference, member-countries will share progress in solar power generation and deployment in their respective countries and present their future plans on the same.
International Solar Alliance’s Interim Secretariat has been set up in Gurugram. International Solar Alliance was jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then French President Francois Hollande on 30th November 2015 on the sidelines of the Paris climate change summit. Most of the prospective 121 member countries are geographically located for optimal absorption of the sun’s rays and solar energy is both clean and affordable. Adding a fresh dimension to Indian foreign policy, the govt aims to help African countries and other developing and undeveloped countries become energy secure.