भारतीय लोक प्रशासन संस्थान
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Building Capacity for Good Governance

Address by the Chief Guest Hon’ble Vice President of India and the Ex-Officio President of IIPA

Distinguished Dignitaries, Padma Vibhushan Shri T. N. Chaturvediji, former Governor Karnataka and Kerala, Shri R. K. Singh, Hon’ble MoS (Independent Charge), Ministry of Power & New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen!

I am delighted to have you for the inaugural of the 24th SUN MEET of the ISA. As you are aware that the IIPA is an autonomous academic institution of national eminence for training, research and information dissemination in streams related to the ethos of Public Administration. It is now known internationally known premier center for Training and Research in Public Administration and Good Governance. Being President of this prestigious institution, I feel happy that my IIPA has signed MoU with International Solar Alliance for capacity building of its member countries. IIPA is already engaged in capacity building of Indian officers as well as of many friendly countries in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation under ITEC programme of MEA. The Centre of Environment and Climate change of IIPA is capable to take up this task and train member countries of solar alliance in making their policy and programmes to generate solar energy, which is one of mission of ISA.

I would also like to recollect that the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and former French President Mr. Francois Hollande had unveiled the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in 2015. The project was launched to combine the efforts of both countries to work against climate change and adopt renewable energy, replacing the use of fossil fuels. France and India are the founding countries along with 121 member countries. The idea of a concrete road map towards sustainability has been reiterated by the Prime Minister in the recent UN Climate Action Summit in New York. The solar alliance is an essential conduit to materialize his dream of “Climate action: Time to Act Now”.

The idea of a concrete road map has been reiterated by the Prime Minister in the recent UN Climate Action Summit in New York. The solar alliance is an essential conduit to materialize his dream of “Climate action: Time to Act Now”.

ISA’s vision shows the way in this direction quite explicitly, it includes shared ambition to undertake joint efforts required to reduce the cost of finance and the cost of technology, mobilize more than USD 1000 billion of investment needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy and pave way for future technologies adapted to the needs of member countries. The ISA will also identify and address unprecedented opportunity to bring prosperity, energy security and sustainable deployment for all the people. ISA envisages to better harness and aggregate the demand for, inter alia, solar finance, technologies, innovation and capacity building, lowering of costs, enhancement of quality and make reliable solar energy affordable to all.

The idea behind the association is to develop solar resources in various countries to reduce their reliance on non-renewable resources. Countries which have come together for the project, identify and address gaps in their energy requirements through a collective approach. Some of the short-term priorities, identified are: Assisting member countries in drafting solar policies; Encouraging collaborations in solar resource mapping in member countries and the deployment of suitable technologies; Designing training programmes for students/engineers/policymakers, etc., and organizing workshops, focused meetings and conferences and working with ISA member countries to strive for universal access to solar lighting.

As a Member of ISA, countries will closely connect and establish mutually beneficial relationship with several relevant organizations both from public and private sector as well as with non-member countries. This has been and in future times will be a remarkable act of all of us.

I have been informed that the ISA Secretariat has put in place a very effective governance structure of the Assembly, a Standing Committee, 4 Regional Committees and 3 Subject Committees in areas of finance, programmes and general and legal. We are very grateful to the Member countries who have done a commendable and remarkable job in finalizing the constitution of these committees in a smooth and democratic manner or are in the process of finalizing the same. ISA, thus will be as strong as is the common and collective will of all its members.

Through ISA, challenges to the scaling of solar energy in line with Member countries needs will be collectively addressed. I welcome all the new Members to the family and I sincerely hope that with more members joining the ISA, paradigm of a world in which a minority appropriates the vast majority of the world’s resources will change. A more equitable socio-economic order that respects sustainability will be set up. I hope that the ISA will serve as a laudable vehicle towards this goal.

With this as the backdrop, I am happy that IIPA has organized the “i-SUN CaP (International capacity Augmentation Programmes for the “Sunshine Countries of ISA”. The idea behind the alliance is to develop solar resources in various countries to reduce their reliance on energy needs for fossil resources. The countries, which have come together for the project identify and address gaps in their energy requirements through a collective approach.

i-SUN-CaP under the aegis of ISA proposes to facilitate it on Climate Change agenda by adopting the maximum Renewable energy with SOLAR Power, to reduce the reliance on non- renewable sources which would further help in achieving the globe’s committed NDCs. The objectives of i- Sun Cap are Capacity Augmentation of the sunshine countries and Documentation.

It is within this context that policymakers would augment their capacity to successful solar deployment approaches around the world. As part of the i- Sun CaP that describes key policy design elements specific to solar deployment. Drawing from international experience and lessons, focusing on solar-specific good practices. Ultimately, governments can design a suite of complementary policies that aligns most appropriately with unique national circumstances and goals.

I am hopeful that the association of IIPA and ISA will go a long way to reach out to the ISA Member Countries in their effort of capacity building on policy issues. I wish the 24th SUN MEET all success.