International Solar Alliance Granted Observer Status by UN General Assembly

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) has been granted Observer Status by the United Nations General Assembly, a historic decision that India claims would assist establish a well-defined relationship between the Alliance and the UN that will benefit global energy growth and development. 

The ISA was conceived as a collaborative initiative between India and France to mobilize efforts to combat climate change by deploying solar energy technologies. It was presented by the leaders of the two countries during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris in 2015. 

The ISA has become an example of how positive global climate action can be advanced through partnerships in just six years. ISA serves as a dedicated platform for governments, international organizations, industry, and other stakeholders to work together toward a similar purpose. 

The General Assembly’s decision to grant ISA Observer Status would help to ensure regular and well-defined interaction between the Alliance and the UN, which would boost global energy growth and development. 

Till now, 80 nations have signed and ratified the ISA Framework Agreement, while 101 countries have only signed it.