The campaign for the adoption of solar energy system as alternative source of clean energy globally, got another boost last week at the occasion of a side event on International Solar Alliance (ISA) held in the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York. The ISA and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have joined hands to promote solar energy globally for its obvious benefits. ISA and UNDP say they will work on strengthening development of ISAs institutional structure.

According to reports, the colourful event to mark the declaration was anchored by the United States of America’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Secretary, Upendra Tripathy, the Chairperson of ISA Interim Administrative Cell and UN representative, attended by the country’s Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Minister, Piyush Goyah and Ministers and Ministerial representatives from around 25 ISA countries.

Among other areas, major sectors are developing synergies with on going UNDP programmes and projects on solar energy in and across ISA member countries and creating complementary linkages with global and regional efforts as the fields of solar energy were mapped out as areas of partnership for success.

The representatives said the new partnership would also seek strategic cooperation in program and technical expertise and facilitating the participation of a wider UN system towards the creation of innovation hubs in and technology transfers between ISA member countries.

The ministers reportedly promised to the establishment of knowledge management systems and electronic networks for the sharing, creation and management of knowledge on solar energy.

Johnson Alabi
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