Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on Sunday said India’s ratification of the Paris Climate deal on Gandhi Jayanti is a “great push” to global actions to tackle climate change. “At 19:50 hrs IST today on Gandhi Jayanti, India deposited its Instrument of Ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the @UN. Great push to global actions to address climate change,” Dave tweeted.
India, the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, today ratified the landmark Paris climate deal, making it the 62nd country to do so, becoming a key player to push the deal to enter into force by the end of this year.
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India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin handed over the Instrument of Ratification signed by President Pranab Mukherjee, to Santiago Villalpando, the Head of the Treaties Division at the UN, at a special ceremony here attended by top UN officials and senior diplomats to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.
Dave had yesterday said the decision to ratify the Paris climate change agreement was taken after a lot of deliberation and with a view to give the world a message that India is fast becoming a superpower.
“Call it international pressure or a sort of competition, this morning European Union has also decided to ratify it, which is a good thing,” Dave had said.
The Union Cabinet had given its nod to ratifying the Paris climate deal on September 28, days after Prime Minister Modi made an announcement in this regard at BJP’s National Council meet in Kozhikode.
The move is expected to give momentum to the implementation of measures at the international level to control global warming.
So far, 61 countries had submitted their instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval accounting in total for 47.79 per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions.
With India, which accounts for 4.1 per cent of the emissions, ratifying the agreement, the countries who have thus far approved the accord share 51.89 per cent of total global emissions among them.