Paris deal put on fast-track, India ratifies pact on climate change

The ratification by India, which has a population of over 1.2 billion, is expected to give momentum to the implementation of measures at the international level to control global warming.

Written by Amitabh Sinha | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2016 5:18 pm
paris deal, paris agreement, climate, climate change, paris, United nations, modi, global warming The UN chief said the commitment to sustainable living that Gandhi emphasised on is reflected in a “momentous way” as India is depositing its instrument of ratification to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

INDIA ON Sunday ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change, becoming the 62nd country to join the nascent pact finalised in the French capital last December and putting the ten-month-old global deal on the fast track to an early entry in force, possibly by next month.

“Care & concern towards nature is integral to the Indian ethos. India is committed to doing everything possible to mitigate climate change,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on Twitter, after India’s permanent representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin handed over the instrument of ratification to Santiago Villalpando, chief of Treaty Section at the UN’s Office of Legal Affairs.

“Great push to global actions to address climate change,” Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said in a tweet.

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India’s ratification, timed to coincide with Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, was welcomed globally. “Gandhiji believed in a world worthy of our children. In joining the Paris Agreement, @narendramodi & the Indian people carry on that legacy,” US President Barack Obama posted on Twitter. Prime Minister Modi’s tweet was in response to Obama’s message.

France, too, commended India and so did Patricia Espinosa, head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which came into being at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro in 1992 to set the ball rolling for a global deal.

“The government of India declares its understanding that, as per its national laws, keeping in view its development agenda, particularly the eradication of poverty and provision of basic needs of all its citizens, coupled with its commitment to following the low carbon path to progress, and on the assumption of unencumbered availability of cleaner sources of energy and technologies and financial resources from around the world, and based on a fair and ambitious assessment of global commitment to combating climate change, it is ratifying the Paris Agreement,” India said in its instrument of ratification.

The Ministry of External Affairs said that “this significant contribution towards early entry into force of Paris Agreement” underlined Prime Minister Modi’s “commitment to global cause of environmental protection and climate justice” and reaffirmed “India’s responsive leadership” in addressing climate change.

Together, the countries that have joined the Paris Agreement account for about 51.89 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement can come into force on the 30th day after at least 55 countries, accounting for at least 55 per cent of global emissions, have submitted their ratifications.

China and the United States, the two biggest emitters, ratified the agreement in September, while the European Union and Russia, which along with India, make up the top five emitters, are expected to do so soon. If the minimum requirement is met later this week, through ratification by EU or Russia, or any other combination of countries, the Paris Agreement will be in force by the time the next climate change conference begins in Marrakech in Morocco on November 7.

The Paris Agreement seeks to spur global action to reduce greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, fast enough to prevent catastrophic effects of climate change. It also seeks to give an impetus to actions being taken to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and raise financial and technological resources to do so.

The Paris Agreement was initially supposed to come into operation in 2020 when the Kyoto Protocol, the existing international arrangement to deal with climate change, expires. But that deadline was later dropped — it can now come into existence immediately after the 30-day period following the minimum ratifications is over. For a few years, both Paris Agreement as well as the Kyoto Protocol would exist side by side.

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    Ikok
    Oct 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm
    NSG ... First learn to behave with neighbours and stop attrocities in Kashmir Allow UNHRC in Kashmir and det a free plebicite. STOP agitation and agression on minorities and small countries like Mayanmar Bhutan Nepal Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
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      indian
      Oct 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm
      Good move. We should spur innovation in green energy
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        Raj
        Oct 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm
        You're forgetting that d0g who spread your mom's legs to get a miracle child like you. I'm talking of the d0g and not that chap whom your mom says is your pop.
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          Nishant
          Oct 2, 2016 at 4:13 pm
          BrahMINIONS JUST SOLD INDIA!
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            Do.not.worry
            Oct 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm
            Even now India will not be allowed into NSG.
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              Vivek
              Oct 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm
              Yes India is complaint to various world treaties and honouring them from word go still waiting for its due claim of permanent seat in UN
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                AJIT M
                Oct 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm
                You are product of N d TiwWari or abshik sinNghvi
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                  ASHOK KUMAR
                  Oct 2, 2016 at 2:52 pm
                  Aakhirkaar,Modi ney bhi America ke aage ghutney tek diye.
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                    khan
                    Oct 2, 2016 at 4:57 pm
                    oh hoo hooo ha haaaa . . .good little doggieslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Oh os? where is your surgical strike evidence? sucking french banana's isn't going to work
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                      prasanna
                      Oct 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm
                      Your language and deep pain is of lawwariis – don’t worry will find your father – somewhere in Somalia
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                        PRAVIN S
                        Oct 2, 2016 at 3:48 pm
                        it is like laborer joining multinational company on its mercy
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                          r
                          Oct 2, 2016 at 4:03 pm
                          Labourer is your baap. Your maa is labourer to neighbours who are having fun with her.
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                            Prateik
                            Oct 2, 2016 at 5:29 pm
                            Boom boom Khan. All brawn and no brains.
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                              Prateik
                              Oct 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm
                              But you are getting labour pains.
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                                Prateik
                                Oct 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm
                                India has delinked NSG with Climate ratification.
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                                  Prateik
                                  Oct 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm
                                  My dog's name is Raj. But he is loyal unlike you.
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                                    Prateik
                                    Oct 2, 2016 at 4:53 pm
                                    That's expected. Both are Congies.
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                                      Prateik
                                      Oct 2, 2016 at 3:30 pm
                                      Will always speak against terrorist nation stan and against suppression of Balochs, Shias, Women,muhajjars irrespective of we get NSG or not.
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                                        Prateik
                                        Oct 2, 2016 at 4:54 pm
                                        You didn't get your stake?
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                                          Prateik
                                          Oct 2, 2016 at 3:26 pm
                                          You need some fish for brain refreshment.
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