UNGA committee endorses India’s resolution for granting Observer Status to International Solar Alliance

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly will now have to formally adopt recommendation of the Sixth Committee

October 29, 2021 10:12 am | Updated 10:12 am IST - United Nations

European Commission Executive vice-president, Frans Timmermans (R) and International Solar Alliance (ISA) Director General Ajay Mathur (L) during Fourth Assembly of the ISA ministerial session in New Delhi, Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

European Commission Executive vice-president, Frans Timmermans (R) and International Solar Alliance (ISA) Director General Ajay Mathur (L) during Fourth Assembly of the ISA ministerial session in New Delhi, Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

As world leaders gather for the climate change summit in Glasgow, a draft resolution introduced by India for granting the Observer Status to the International Solar Alliance has been adopted in a U.N. General Assembly committee.

The draft resolution was adopted in the General Assembly's Sixth Committee, that deals with legal issues, without a vote on October 28.

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly will now have to formally adopt recommendation of the Sixth Committee.

India’s Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador R. Ravindra said, “Ahead of COP-26 scheduled in Glasgow next week, today's action on the draft resolution to grant the Observer Status for the International Solar Alliance is not only symbolic, but a substantive one”.

India’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. said in a tweet that India walks the talk on climate action.

“Important milestone crossed on eve of @COP26 at #GlasgowCop26. UN Sixth Committee endorses International Solar Alliance @isolaralliance for Observer Status,” it said on Twitter.

Ambassador Ravindra said that the adoption of the resolution will reflect the commitment and resolve of member states to the noble cause of renewable energy and "usher in a new era of green energy diplomacy”.

“Today's decision will also enable ISA to provide targeted inputs to current and future United Nations processes based on grassroot level experiences from its country programmes, its research and public private cooperation activities and its global knowledge sharing activities,” he said.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti had earlier this month introduced the draft resolution for granting the Observer Status for the International Solar Alliance on behalf of India and France and about 80 co-sponsors.

The co-sponsors include Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

The United Nations General Assembly may grant Permanent Observer Status to non-member states, international organisations and other entities.

As per information on the U.N. website, the General Assembly decided that “observer status would be confined to states and intergovernmental organisations whose activities cover matters of interest to the Assembly.” The Sixth Committee of the General Assembly considers all applications for observer status before they are considered in the plenary session, the UN website said, adding that Permanent Observers may participate in the sessions and workings of the General Assembly and maintain missions at the UN Headquarters.

Intergovernmental organisations having received a standing invitation to participate as Observers in the sessions and the work of the General Assembly include the EU, INTERPOL, International Renewable Energy Agency, OECD, ADB, ASEAN, Commonwealth of Independent States, European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Indian Ocean Rim Association, SCO, SAARC, International Committee of the Red Cross and International Olympic Committee.

The International Solar Alliance was opened for signature as an international treaty-based organisation in November 2016 and the agreement entered into force on December 6, 2017.

Mr. Tirumurti said that the alliance of solar-resource rich countries with its membership was open to those 121 U.N. member states that lie fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. This was further amended at the First Assembly of the ISA, to expand the scope of ISA membership to all U.N. member states.

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