About The World Solar Foundation
World Solar Foundation
One of the best solutions for financing the Sustainable Development Internationally
The stated objectives of the World Solar Foundation are:
Objective 1.1 To promote at the international and national levels a sustainable energy path that will ensure that energy can fulfill its potential role as a key instrument for sustainable human development.
Objective 1.2 To accelerate rural development through the use of cleaner and renewable energy sources and technologies, in order to improve the quality of life of people, notably through better health, education, socio-economic development and local productivity.
Objective 2.1 To establish effective institutional frameworks and improve existing ones that will accelerate and facilitate continued technological advancement and the effective dissemination and utilization of cleaner and renewable energy sources and technologies.
Objective 3.1 To achieve a substantial increase in the use of cleaner and renewable energy sources and technologies particularly for electric power general generation, as a major contribution to sustainable development.
Objective 3.2 To contribute to adequate financing for the development and applications of cleaner and renewable energy sources and technologies through the mobilization of additional resources at the international and national level.
Objective 3.3 To progressively secure an increasing participation of industry and the private sector in the development and deployment of cleaner and renewable energy sources and technologies.
The Programme of the World Solar Foundation contains a framework concept and 3 category of projects:
Global projects of universal value
Global Sustainable Energy Education and Training;
International Renewable Energy Information and Communication System;
Cleaner and renewable energy sources and technologies for Rural Electrification;
Cleaner and renewable energy sources and technologies for Water Desalination and Treatment, and Industrial Policy, market Penetration and Technology Transfer for cleaner and renewable energy sources and technologies.
Regional priority projects
High priority national projects
The World Solar Foundation has the task of sensitizing governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, financial institutions academia and private institutions on the need to support the development and utilization of cleaner and renewable energy sources and technologies for sustainable development.
WSF co-operates with all international and national partners and stakeholders including the organizations of UN system and the European Commission.
The World Solar Foundation has been created:
to undertake further consultations with the World Solar Commission, Member States and interested partner organizations with a view to defining the steps, ways and means of transforming the World Solar Programme into an interdisciplinary undertaking in;
to mobilize human and financial resources and technical assistance for the effective implementation of the World Solar Programme;to continue sensitizing all Member States and international financial institutions, both public and private, to the strategic importance of this programme for achieving world developmental needs.
to co-operate with the Specialised UN Agencies to make effective the implementation of the Global Renewable Energy Education and Training Programme 1996-2005 in the different regions and to strengthen the implementation of its African chapter;
to submit to the UN General Assembly an annual report on concrete action being taken for the promotion of new and cleaner and renewable energy sources and technologies, including the effective implementation of, and mobilization of resources for, the World Solar Programme 1996-2005 in consultation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme, the Global Environment Facility and other relevant organizations;
Fife Resolutions in favour of the World Solar Programme 1996-2005 were adopted unanimously by the General Assembly of the United Nations (documents A/RES/53/7 of 16 October 1998, A/RES/54/215 of 22 December 1999, 55/205 of 20 December 2000, A/RES/56/200 of 15 February 2002, A/RES/58/210 of 17 December 2003). These Resolutions call upon all relevant funding institutions and bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as regional funding institutions and non-governmental organizations, to support, as appropriate, the efforts being made for the development of the renewable energy sector in developing countries based on environmentally friendly renewable sources of energy of demonstrated viability, while taking fully into account the development structure of energy-based economies of developing countries, and to assist in the attainment of the investments necessary to expand energy supplies