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Fiji At 1st Global Solar Meeting

The first assembly of the International So­lar Alliance meeting in New Delhi from October 2-5, 2018 successfully estab­lished the foundation for a global solar agenda. The assembly also estab­lished the
07 Oct 2018 10:31
Fiji At 1st Global Solar Meeting
Permanent Secretary for the Prime Minster’s Office Yogesh Karan (sitting), with Fijian High Commissioner to India Yogesh Punja and Amelia Komaisavai at the First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance in India. DEPTFO News

The first assembly of the International So­lar Alliance meeting in New Delhi from October 2-5, 2018 successfully estab­lished the foundation for a global solar agenda.

The assembly also estab­lished the process for mem­ber countries to harness solar energy to achieve energy access at affordable rates.

Fiji as a founding mem­ber and one of the first 15 countries to ratify the ISA Framework Agreement, participated in the assem­bly hosted by the Govern­ment of India.

Fiji was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister, Yogesh Karan, who led the Fijian delega­tion to the Assembly.

Fiji, as the COP23 Presi­dent, thanked the Govern­ment of India for its lead­ership and for steering the ISA on cooperation for renewable energy which is the key to meeting the most ambitious target of the Par­is Agreement.

The four-day event, organ­ised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India, included the first as­sembly of the ISA, 2nd Indi­an Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting and the 2nd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meet­ing and Expo of more than 100 exhibitors from govern­ments and the private sec­tor from around the world.

The three events were in­augurated by Prime Min­ister of India, Narendra Modi in the presence of the United Nations Sec­retary General, Antonio Guterres, and Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and inclusive Transition, Government of France, Brune Poirson, who also co- chaired the As­sembly.

In his address, Prime Min­ister Modi announced the target to generate 40 per cent of India’s total energy requirement in 2030 by non-fossil fuel-based sources which India is developing with the intent of “Poverty to Power”.

Mr Modi highlighted In­dia’s commitment to re­newable energy and em­phasised that if the dream of “One World, One Sun and One Grid” is followed, uninterrupted power sup­ply can be ensured.

The Assembly, as the deci­sion-making body of ISA, elected the interim Direc­tor General Upendra Tripa­thy to the position.

ISA member countries, who unanimously voted for Mr Tripathy, expressed their support to India’s commitment to the alli­ance.

One of the significant de­cisions made at the assem­bly was the agreement for ISA to apply for observer status at the UN General Assembly in line with the recognition that ISA is a multilateral platform for cooperation for renewable energy and climate action.

The secretariat presented the financial report, the fo­cus of the ISA programmes and the various guidance member countries would require from the assembly.

The assembly has called for the establishment of four committees: Regional Committees, General and Legal Committee, Finance Committee and Programme Committee.

One of the objectives of ISA is to mobilise over US$1 trillion (FJ$2.16 trillion) in­vestment by 2030, into the solar sector and deploying over 1000 gigawatts of solar capacity in its 121-member nations. The meeting con­cluded with the delivery of country statements.

Source: DEPTFO News

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