Indian External Affairs Ministry has informed that on 17 March 2021, Italy has signed a framework agreement with India to join the International Solar Alliance.

The Italy signed the framework agreement of International Solar Alliance following the amendment made to the framework agreement of International Solar Alliance which came in to effect on 8th January 2021. This amendment had opened the membership in the ISA to all the members of the United Nations. The ISA Framework Agreement was signed by Italian Ambassador, Vincenzo De Luca.

Backdrop

Indian Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla had met the Italian Ambassador, Vincenzo De Luca on 17th March 2021. During the bilateral meeting, Indian secretary welcomed the accession of Italy to the International Solar Alliance. During the bilateral meeting, both sides also discussed the G20 Presidency of Italy which Italy is currently holding. Both India and Italy also discussed the vaccine maitri initiative by Government of India. Under the vaccine maitri initiative, India is using the vaccine production and delivery capacity to export the covid-19 vaccine to other countries so as to fight the coronavirus pandemic induced crisis.

International Solar Alliance

The treaty-based intergovernmental alliance comprising of 121 countries. The establishment of the International Solar Alliance was initiated by India. Most of the member countries are the sunshine countries. These countries are located either completely or partly in between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. However, the countries falling outside the tropics can also join the Solar Alliance and avail all the benefits which are available to the members except the voting rights. The International Solar Alliance works with the objective of working for the efficient consumption of the solar energy to reduce the dependency on the fossil fuels. This initiative was first proposed PM Narendra Modi in November 2015 at the Wembley Stadium, London. During the address, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had referred the sunshine countries as Suryaputra meaning Sons of the Sun.

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