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ISA Summit big step towards greater global energy security: UN environment chief

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With and co-hosting the first (ISA) Summit here tomorrow to promote solar energy, UN chief has termed the ISA a "big step" towards greater global security and a "milestone" in the fight against climate change and pollution.

Solheim will take part in the ISA summit tomorrow, which will be attended by heads of state from 23 nations, including France, and

ISA is a treaty-based international body for promotion of solar in alliance with 121 countries, which are fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

"is a milestone in the fight against climate change and pollution. I congratulate the governments of and for taking us this far. There is no contradiction between lifting people out of poverty and, addressing pollution and climate change. Solar can help us do all," Solheim, the of UN told

He said ISA can help build a global buyers' club for and reduce technology prices, rapidly increase their use and on board.

"This means more people connected to the grid, at a better price. It means more jobs, better jobs and better paid jobs. It means better public health. It is a big step towards I can think of no better host for the alliance than India, where solar capacity has increased 370 per cent in three years," Solheim said.

Besides 23 heads of state, senior representatives of many countries, including deputy prime ministers and have confirmed their participation in the day-long ISA Summit.

will co-host the summit with French

The summit will focus on various aspects of promoting solar energy, such as credit mechanism, crowd funding and sharing of technological breakthroughs, in 121 countries associated with ISA.

The summit will discuss various projects being prepared by different countries in areas including rural electrification, off grid solar power, water supply and irrigation.

has set an ambitious target of having 100 GW of capacities by 2022. It is close to achieving 20 GW in the current fiscal itself and plans to auction 30 GW solar projects each in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 12:00 IST