Launch of the International Solar Alliance

On the margins of the opening of COP21, the President of the French Republic, Mr François Hollande, and the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, are today launching the International Solar Alliance at Paris-Le Bourget, in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon.

Le Bourget, 30 November 2015

The launch is the fruition of an endeavour that was embarked on many months ago by the Head of State and the Prime Minister of India, particularly during Mr Modi’s visit to France in April 2015 and their meeting on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.

This Alliance, desired by Prime Minister Modi and supported from its nascent stage by President Hollande, is based on a simple resolve: that of federating the efforts of developing countries to attract investments and technologies in this sector and develop the uses of solar energy.

This Alliance will enable cooperation between industrialized countries that possess technologies and financing, and developing countries.

The participation of many heads of State and government and company heads illustrates the strength of this commitment.

The negotiations commenced today to limit global warming will be determining for our planet’s future.

More than 100 countries have solar potential, being situated entirely or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

This conference should mobilise the international community, create an impetus for achieving a low-carbon economy.

The development of renewable energy is one of the most obvious ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar energy is the most abundant renewable energy in South countries, but the technologies and financings available there remain insufficient.

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