Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs
I welcome the achievement today by the International Solar Alliance of status as an international organization. The framework agreement defining its statutes has been signed by 46 countries and ratified by 19 of them.
This progress is in line with the efforts to combat climate change, which will be central to the One Planet Summit on December 12 in Paris.
The International Solar Alliance was launched by France and India at the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015. Its goal is to facilitate the large-scale deployment of solar energy in the 121 countries in the area between the tropics by aggregating the demand for funding, technology and innovation.
It is one of the most promising coalitions for combating climate change.
It is also the first international organization on the Indian subcontinent.