India is considering expanding its Solar Technology and Application Resource Centres (STAR -C) initiative to a number of Pacific Island countries.
About STAR-C Initiative:
- The programme aims to boost solar power ecosystems in the poorest countries.
- The initiative is run by the International Solar Alliance in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
- It aims to create a strong network of institutional capacities within ISA member states to enhance quality infrastructure for the uptake of solar energy products and services.
- The project is also funded by France.
- Programme’s objectives: Building solar workforces, standardizing products, setting up infrastructure, and raising awareness among policymakers in developing countries.
- Through this initiative, India aims to enhance the institutional capacities of International Solar Alliance member states and contribute to the development of quality infrastructure for solar energy uptake.
Key Facts about International Solar Alliance
- It was conceived as a joint effort by India and France to mobilize efforts against climate change through deployment of solar energy solutions.
- It was conceptualized on the side-lines of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Paris in 2015.
- With the amendment of its Framework Agreement in 2020, all member states of the United Nations are now eligible to join the ISA.
- Headquarter: India
Q1) What is UNFCCC?
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty that was established in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The primary objective of the UNFCCC is to address the global challenge of climate change and its impacts on the environment and human societies.