International Solar Alliance
On 30 November in Paris Le Bourget, on the sidelines of the opening of COP21, the President of the French Republic, Mr François Hollande, and the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, launched the International Solar Alliance in the presence of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon.
This launch is the culmination of several months’ work between the Head of State and the Indian Prime Minister, including during Mr Modi’s visit to France in April 2015 and their meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last September.
This Alliance, which was led by Prime Minister Modi and supported from the outset by the French President, is based on a simple goal: to unite the efforts of developing countries to attract investment and technologies to this sector and to develop the uses of solar energy.
This Alliance will enable cooperation between industrialized countries, which have the technologies and finance, and developing countries.
The strength of this commitment can be seen through the involvement of many Heads of State and Government.
The negotiations which began today on limiting global warming are decisive for the future of the planet.
Over 100 countries have solar potential, lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
This conference must mobilize the international community and create the momentum to achieve a low-carbon economy.
Developing renewable energies is one of the most obvious ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Solar energy is the most plentiful source of renewable energies in the Southern countries, but technologies and financing in these areas remain insufficient.