25 April 2016 Current Affairs: The Interim Administrative Cell of International Solar Alliance (ISA Cell) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) declared their intention to promote solar energy globally on 22 April 2016.The declaration was made on the occasion of the side event on International Solar Alliance at the UN Headquarters in New York.Major areas identified for working jointly are
- Development of synergies with ongoing UNDP programmes and projects on solar energy in and across ISA member countries.
- Creation of complementary linkages with ongoing global and regional efforts in the field of solar energy.
- Strategic cooperation in programmatic and technical expertise, and facilitating the participation of the wider UN system towards the creation of innovation hubs in and technology transfers between ISA member countries.
- Support for the establishment of knowledge management systems as well as electronic networks and/or e-portals for the sharing, creation and management of knowledge on solar energy.
- Strengthening the development of ISA’s institutional structure, and enhance its capacity development efforts through the support of training programmes.
Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Chairperson, ISA cell exchanged the declaration with UN representative.Earlier on 25 January 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the President of France François Hollande had laid the foundation stone of the International Solar Alliance headquarters in National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) in Gwalpahari, Gurgaon.International Solar Alliance (ISA) :
It was jointly launched in Paris by India and France on 30 November 2015 during the United Nations climate change conference (COP21).It is the India’s first international and inter-governmental organization of 121 Countries to have headquarters in India with United Nations as Strategic Partner. It creates a collaborative platform for increased deployment of solar energy technologies to enhance energy security and sustainable development. It improves access to energy and opportunities for better livelihoods in rural and remote areas and to increase the standard of living.