India submits draft resolution to UN General Assembly granting observer status to International Solar Alliance, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Stressing that the International Solar Alliance will usher in a new era of “green energy diplomacy”, India presented a draft resolution to the United Nations General Assembly to grant observer status to the global initiative which would help ensure regular cooperation between ISA and the United Nations, benefiting global energy growth and development.

The ISA was jointly launched by India and France in 2015 during the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) held in Paris.

“I have the honor to present the draft resolution (…) for the granting of observer status to the International Solar Alliance on behalf of India and France” and about 80 co-sponsors , said the Permanent Representative of India to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, on Friday.

“The International Solar Alliance, through its efforts to provide fair and equitable energy solutions through the deployment of solar energy, is expected to usher in a new era of green energy diplomacy,” Tirumurti told the General Assembly by presenting the draft resolution to the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly which deals with legal issues.

Granting observer status to the ISA in the General Assembly would help ensure regular and well-defined cooperation between the Alliance and the United Nations that would benefit global energy growth and development, he said. declared.

Co-sponsors include Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan , Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

“Another important step for (the) International Solar Alliance. India is presenting a draft resolution to #UNGA to grant observer status to @isolaralliance (ISA). I ​​said the ISA, through its efforts for fair and equitable energy solutions, will usher in (a) new era of “Green Energy Diplomacy”, Tirumurti tweeted.

He stressed that granting ISA observer status to the UNGA would allow the organization to provide targeted contributions to current and future United Nations processes, based on field experiences from its programs. countries, its research and public-private cooperation activities and its global knowledge. sharing of activities.

The ISA is also taking a big step towards resolving issues such as “technology transfer”, “solar energy storage” and even financial support to member countries, as well as the development and planning of the industry. project, said Tirumurti.

The United Nations General Assembly may grant permanent observer status to non-member states, international organizations and other entities.

According to information on the UN website, the General Assembly has decided that “observer status will be limited to States and intergovernmental organizations whose activities cover matters of interest to the Assembly”.

The Sixth Committee of the General Assembly examines all requests for observer status before they are considered in plenary session. Permanent observers can participate in sessions and work of the General Assembly and maintain missions at UN headquarters, the website said.

Intergovernmental organizations that have received a standing invitation to participate as observers in the sessions and work of the UNGA include the European Union, INTERPOL, the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development , Asian Development Bank, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Commonwealth of Independent States, European Organization for Nuclear Research, Indian Ocean Rim Association, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, South Asian Association of regional cooperation, International Committee of the Red Cross and International Olympic Committee.

Tirumurti stressed that the ISA Framework Agreement explicitly designates the UN, including its organs, as strategic partners of the Alliance.

“Observer status will greatly enhance the Alliance’s ability to achieve its objectives,” he said, adding that the ISA will be able to closely follow the deliberations of the General Assembly, to cooperate with United Nations organs, agencies and programs in the implementation of its programs and activities. and benefit from the network of United Nations field offices, its experience in program cooperation with governments and its vast resources in the development process.

The International Solar Alliance was opened for signature as a treaty-based international organization in November 2016 and the agreement entered into force on December 6, 2017.

Tirumurti said the Solar Resource-Rich Countries Alliance with its members is open to the 121 UN member states that fall wholly or partially between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. This was further amended at the first ISA Assembly, to extend the scope of ISA membership to all UN member states.

He said the Paris Declaration on the launch of the ISA laid out the shared vision to bring clean, affordable and renewable energy within everyone’s reach.

Noting that the ISA is dedicated to contributing to the success of the United Nations process on sustainable development and the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, Tirumurti said: “We seek your support for the draft resolution.”

“Since its inception, the International Solar Alliance has strived to achieve its goals by launching thematic programs dedicated to the deployment of cross-cutting solar energy applications in multiple sectors, including, but not limited to , agriculture, health and electricity. ISA has played an important role at the international level in supporting the implementation of the United Nations framework conventions on climate change and the global climate agenda in general, ”he said.

Tirumurti added that participation in major international meetings regarding these issues is often essential for the ISA to carry out its work and mandate. In addition, the ISA has vast resources and expertise to make a meaningful contribution to all of these meetings, dialogues and decisions, helping to shape the global political dialogue.

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