France's global development agency was committing an additional $700mn to solar energy by 2022, taking its total investment in financing solar projects in ISA member countries to $1bn, French President Emmanuel Macron said in his inaugural speech.
He disclosed this during the inaugural Session of the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance held at the shtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Raisina Hills, New Delhi, India, President Akufo-Addo said even though Ghana is one of the countries located in between the tropic of cancer and the tropic of Capricorn, it has not been able to make use of its all year round sunshine to generate power to meet both domestic and industry power needs.
The ISA is conceived as a coalition of solar resource-rich countries to address their special energy needs and provide a platform to collaborate on dealing with the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach.
"We have not come from all continents to deliver speeches that soon be forgotten".
"First and foremost, we have to ensure that better and affordable solar technology is available to all and accessible to everyone".
"With PM Modi, we are committed and we have same obsession-creating momentum, inspiring people and gathering them to deliver results".
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Till Thursday, 60 countries had signed the framework agreement of the ISA and 30 submitted the instruments of ratification. Modi and President Macron will co-chair the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), on Sunday.
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"We should not forget that we only have one planet that we are sharing and for that there is no alternative". "I have 10 action points in my mind that I want to share with you all". "They didn't wait and they didn't stop because some countries decided just to leave the floor and leave the Paris agreement", he continued".
The prime minister stressed on the need to make the ISA secretariat "strong and professional". He said that seven million children in India were already using solar lamps for studying, and that solar lighting for street lamps was picking up.
India, he said, would give $1.4 billion in aid to 15 other developing nations for 27 more solar projects. These solar projects are in Bangladesh, Mali, Seychelles, Tanzania, Mali, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea. "Consultancy support should be developed for bankable solar projects in developing nations. I am also pleased to announce that India will start a Solar Technology Mission which will have worldwide focus", the prime minister said. "Today, when we are trying to find paths to fight challenges like climate change, we have to look at this ancient idea".
"We all have to think about the way forward". The video has been shared on Facebook by an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) group called Aap Ka Kashyap with the title saying or rather making fun of the recent political developments in India where the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) withdrew its two ministers from the Union Cabinet led by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Launched at Paris round of the United Nations climate conference in 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then President of France Francois Hollande, the International Social Alliance is a concrete expression by India of its commitment to move away from traditional fossil fuel-energy systems.