Formation of the International Solar Alliance in New York City, 22 April 2016 [fr]
On the 22nd April 2016 in New York City, Ministers and high representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Maldives, Mali, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Uganda, Zambia, India and France met at the Headquarters of the United Nations, to mark a new stage in the formation of the International Solar Alliance. The event was co-chaired by H.E. Ms. Ségolène Royal, Minister of Environment, Energy and the Sea, in charge of International Relations on Climate, President of COP21, France, and H.E. Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, India.
On this occasion, in order to accelerate massive deployment of solar energy, participants agreed to take concerted action through targeted Programmes launched on a voluntary basis. The aim is to better harmonize and aggregate the demand for :
- solar finance, so as to lower the cost of finance and facilitate the flow of more than US $ 1000 billion investment in solar assets in member countries ;
- mature solar technologies that are currently deployed only at small scale and need to be scaled up ;
- future solar technologies and capacity building, through strategic and collaborative solar R&D, to improve the efficiency and integration of solar power as well as increase the number of solar applications available.
For further information, have a look at the following press releases from the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea
- About the International Solar Alliance
- About the programme “Scaling solar applications for agricultural use”
- About the programme “Affordable Finance at Scale”