Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.
Context: India, a founding member of the International Solar Alliance, has said that membership of the body will be thrown open to all countries that want to join the grouping, with no restrictions on duration of sunlight or geographical location.
Who were eligible so far?
When the International Solar Alliance was announced in 2015, 121 nations situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn and receiving 300 days of sunlight were deemed eligible for membership.
The Paris Declaration establishes ISA as an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries.
- The ISA’s major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000GW of solar generation capacity and mobilisation of investment of over US$ 1000 billion into solar energy by 2030.
- 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 headquartered in India.
For ISA, the clock started on December 6, 2017, when the International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement came into force. It is now an intergovernmental body registered with the United Nations under Article 102 of the UN Charter. The alliance now must focus on delivering on its promise to serve as a facilitator to ensure that large swathes of the un-served and underserved population have access to adequate, predictable, and cheap energy.
- For Prelims: ISA.
- For Mains: Harnessing solar energy- potential, challenges and international collaborations.
Sources: the hindu.