The Union Cabinet gave its approval for moving a resolution in the first assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to amend the framework agreement to open up its membership to all UN countries.

ISA: A Global Agenda

  • The decision was taken to put solar energy on the global agenda with the universal appeal for developing and deploying solar energy.
  • SA is an alliance of more than 121 countries initiated by India to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy so as to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Opening the membership of the ISA will put solar energy in global agenda with the universal appeal for developing and deploying solar energy.
  • It will make ISA inclusive, whereby all member countries that are members of the United Nations could become members.

International Solar Alliance (ISA)

  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of more than 121 countries, most of them being sunshine countries, which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn
  • The primary objective of the alliance is to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels
  • The alliance is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization
  • The alliance is also called International Agency for Solar Policy and Application (IASPA)
  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is to be headquartered in India
  • The initiative was launched by PM Modi at the India Africa Summit and a meeting of member countries ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in November 2015.

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