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In landmark event, global aviation body ICAO joins ISA

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The Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia met with State Secretary of Germany Stefan Schnorr and signed a MoU for the provision of coterminous rights for cargo aircraft, in Montreal on Tuesday, thereby, confirming International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s alignment with International Solar Alliance. Scindia is attending the ICAO Assembly in Montreal.

His LinkedIn post mentioned “Proud to see the vision of PM Sh Narendra Modi take shape.”

According to a release issued on Tuesday by India’s High Commission in Ottawa, the MoU was signed in the presence of France’s Minister of Transport Clement Beaumme, and ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitaro. It was signed by ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar and ISA Chief of Operations Joshua Wycliffe.

The release also states that the MoU was concluded within a period of 4 months, after being first suggested by Scindia during an official visit to Canada this May.

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of 121 signatory countries, most being sunshine countries, which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The primary objective of the alliance is to work for efficient consumption of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. This initiative was first proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a speech in November 2015 at Wembley Stadium, and was launched at the India Africa Summit, and a meeting of member countries ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in November 2015.

The alliance is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization. Countries that do not fall within the Tropics can join the alliance and enjoy all benefits as other members, with the exception of voting rights.

ISA is headquartered in Uttarakhand, India.

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