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400 delegates to attend 2nd assembly of International Solar Alliance on Thursday


Press Trust of India New Delhi
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on Wednesday said that as many as 400 delegates from across the globe are expected to attend the second Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) here on Thursday.
The MNRE is hosting the Assembly of ISA.
"The Assembly would meet on October 31, 2019," a statement by MNRE said.
The Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the ISA and gives directions on various administrative, financial and programme-related issues.
Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh is president of the ISA Assembly and Brune Poirson, Minister of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France, is the co-president of the Assembly.
As on date, 81 out of the 121 prospective member countries have signed the Framework Agreement of the ISA. Of these, 58 countries have ratified the same.
The ministry said, "The Assembly will be attended by the ministers and delegates from member states, observer states, ISA partners, and other invitees. Over 400 delegates are expected to participate in the Assembly."

The first Assembly of the ISA was attended by 78 countries, and they had affirmed their determination to accelerate the deployment of solar energy worldwide for achieving universal energy access at affordable rates.
Since the first Assembly on October 3, 2018, the ISA has initiated many activities and programmes.
Demand for over 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar power and 3 lakh solar water pumps has been aggregated from ISA member countries.
In order to understand the challenges and issues 'on the ground' and to strengthen support for ISA programmes, the ISA sent country missions to eight countries over the course of 2019 -- to Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Togo, and Uganda.
The ISA is an Indian initiative launched by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France in November 2015 in Paris, France, on the sidelines of the COP-21, with 121 solar resource rich countries lying fully or partially between the tropic of cancer and tropic of capricorn as prospective members.

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First Published: Oct 30 2019 | 7:30 PM IST

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