First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance
H.E. Ms Brune Poirson, French Minister of State for Ecological and Inclusive Transition co-chairs Assembly with Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Power, and New and Renewable Energy.
Greater Noida, 3 October 2018
H.E. Mrs Brune Poirson, Minister of State to the Ministre d’Etat for Ecological and Inclusive Transition of France, today co-chaired in New Delhi with her Indian counterpart, Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Power, and New and Renewable Energy, a major initiative realised as part of the One Planet Summit: the first Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The Assembly was inaugurated yesterday by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, and the UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr Antonio Guterres, in the presence of Mrs Brune Poirson.
A decision-making body, the General Assembly of the International Solar Alliance was a fundamental phase for accelerating the deployment of solar energy in intertropical countries, particularly in Africa. 46 countries were represented, 24 by their ministers.
Member countries convened to take decisions aimed at:
- Strengthening the organisation’s governance;
- Appointing the Director General of ISA;
- Defining the rules and regulations for the ISA’s functioning as well as its budget;
- Setting the work plan for the coming months.
Summing up the proceedings, Minister Poirson said, “We reviewed the Solar Alliance’s work programme, its initial outcomes, and orientations for the coming year. Our aim is to have this new international organisation produce results very swiftly. Of the 1 billion euros of investments to be made by 2022 as announced by President Emmanuel Macron, 800 million euros have already been committed. We are endowing ourselves with the means to attain our ambition.”
The member countries also decided to expand the geographic perimeter of the ISA to encompass the entire world so as to meet the demand of numerous countries that are not situated in the intertropical zone but are desirous of joining the project.
At the suggestion of a group of countries including Togo and Mali, the member countries further decided to launch a new initiative aimed at harmonising the regulatory frameworks of solar energy investments, which is a crucial factor for escalating public and private investments.
Launched on 11th March 2018 in New Delhi under the co-presidency of the President of the French Republic, H.E. Mr Emmanuel Macron, and the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, in the presence of 19 other Heads of State and Government, the International Solar Alliance aims to accelerate the development of solar energy across the world.
To date, 68 countries have signed the constituting treaty of the Solar Alliance, and 44 have ratified it. The Solar Alliance has also signed partnerships with numerous international organisations and multilateral development banks.