The International Solar Alliance (ISA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have joined hands to promote solar energy globally. On occasion of a side event on ISA at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday, the Interim Administrative Cell of ISA and UNDP evinced their interest to promote solar energy globally, the New and Renewable Energy Ministry said today.The joint declaration was exchanged in the presence of Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal and Ministers and Ministerial representatives from around 25 ISA countries. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathy and the Chairperson of ISA Interim Administrative Cell exchanged the declaration with UN representative, it added.
The major areas identified for working jointly include development of synergies with ongoing UNDP programmes and projects on solar energy in and across ISA member countries and creation of complementary linkages with ongoing global and regional efforts in the field of solar energy. They will also look for strategic cooperation in programmatic and technical expertise and facilitating the participation of the wider UN system towards the creation of innovation hubs in and technology transfers between ISA member countries. Support for the establishment of knowledge management systems as well as electronic networks and/or e-portals for the sharing, creation and management of knowledge on solar energy has also been identified.
ISA and UNDP will also work on strengthening development of ISAs institutional structure and enhancing its capacity development efforts through the support of training programmes, the Ministry said.