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Press release on announcement of the first General Assembly of the International Solar Alliance [ISA]

September 21, 2018

The inauguration of the first General Assembly of the International Solar Alliance [ISA] will take place on 2 October 2018 in Delhi. The Ministerial level Assembly will be held in Greater Noida the following day.

The ISA is a major initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in contributing to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement through rapid and massive deployment of solar energy. The Founding Conference of the ISA jointly hosted by Prime Minister Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron in New Delhi on 11 March 2018 represents a high water mark in the journey that aims to bring all countries together for cooperation on solar energy. It may be recalled that during this Founding Conference, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had announced India's commitment to extend nearly US$ 1.4 billion worth of lines of credit (LOCs) which will cover 27 projects in 15 countries especially in Africa. A futuristic outcome document –the Delhi Solar Agenda- was also adopted. New training slots under the ITEC programme have also been started that are specifically geared towards capacity building in solar energy.

In connection with the forthcoming first General Assembly, Shri T S Tirumurti, Secretary [ER] chaired a briefing meeting in MEA on 20 September 2018 for more than fifty resident foreign Missions in New Delhi. Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, MNRE introduced the programme outline for the First General Assembly and also introduced the Second RE-INVEST and Indian Ocean Rim Association Energy Ministers Meeting which would also take place concurrently till 5 October 2018. Shri Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of the ISA shared the efforts being taken by the ISA Secretariat for the first General Assembly. This was followed by a detailed presentation on the logistics arrangements for participating delegations. During the ensuing question and answer session, MNRE and ISA Secretariat responded to specific queries on the arrangements for the event.

New Delhi
September 21, 2018

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