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UN General Assembly confers Observer Status to ISA

The UN General Assembly has conferred Observer Status to the International Solar Alliance (ISA)
UN General Assembly confers Observer Status to ISA
UN General Assembly confers Observer Status to ISA
  • The historic decision will make way for a well-defined cooperation between the ISA and the United Nations that would benefit global energy growth and development
  • The ISA was conceived through the joint efforts of India and France to mobilise efforts for deployment of solar energy solutions in order to fight climate change

New Delhi: The UN General Assembly has conferred Observer Status to the International Solar Alliance (ISA), Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador TS Tirumurti said in a statement on Friday. The historic decision will make way for a well-defined cooperation between the ISA and the United Nations that would benefit global energy growth and development. The ISA was conceived through the joint efforts of India and France to mobilise efforts for deployment of solar energy solutions in order to fight climate change.

It was presented by the leaders of the two countries at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Paris in 2015. 

‘ISA has become example for positive global climate action’

“I am taking the floor on behalf of India and France. I take this opportunity to thank the entire UN membership for adopting the resolution conferring Observer Status to the International Solar Alliance (ISA). I am particularly happy that such a historic decision has been taken by the UN General Assembly under your (UNGA President Abdulla Shahid) leadership, under the Presidency of Hope,” Tirumurti said in the statement.

In a short span of six years, the ISA has become an example of how positive global climate action can be taken forward through partnerships. ISA provides a dedicated platform for cooperation among governments, multilateral organisations, industry, and other stakeholders to help achieve a common goal, Tirumurti said.

‘Resounding acknowledgment of PM Modi’s vision’

Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry tweeted on Friday,”Resounding acknowledgement of PM @NarendraModi ji's vision on climate action. In just 6 years, @iSolarAlliance has been granted Observer Status by UN General Assembly. A sign of overwhelming global support for India's efforts for a sustainable world.”

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“Congratulations!!! Today, the General Assembly, based on the Sixth Committee report, adopted resolution 76/123 & unanimously decided to invite the International Solar Alliance to participate in the sessions & work of the General Assembly in the capacity of an "Observer",” UNGA president Abdulla Shahid tweeted.

“The International Solar Alliance @isolaralliance has been unanimously granted observer status by the @UN General Assembly. Thank you all the member states for their support to this important initiative,” Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations tweeted.

Grant of Observer Status to ISA

The granting of Observer Status to ISA in the General Assembly would help provide for regular and well-defined cooperation between the Alliance and the United Nations that would benefit global energy growth and development. Tirumurti thanked all member states, including co-signatories and co-sponsors, for this historic moment.

A total of 80 countries have signed and ratified the ISA Framework Agreement and 101 countries have only signed the agreement, according to the ISA website.

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