India ratifies Paris Agreement, submits instrument of ratification

India on Sunday made a move towards ratifying the Paris Agreement to combat climate change.

India officially joined the Paris Agreement by submitting its instrument of ratification – which is a necessary tool – and submitting the same at UN headquarters by India’s permanent representative Syed Akbaruddin which was signed by India’s President Pranab Mukherjee.

The instrument was submitted to the Chief of the Treaties Division, Santiago Villalpando.

“India keeps its promise. On Gandhiji’s birth anniversary, we deposit the instrument of ratification of #ParisAgreement #climatechange,” tweeted External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

In a press conference, Permanent Mission of India narrated to the United Nations that “India has deposited its Instrument of Ratification to the Paris Agreement under the convention on Climate Change.”

2nd October is the birth anniversary of India’s Father of Nation – Mahatma Gandhi. This day is also celebrated as the International Day of NonViolence.

India with its affirmation of the ratification instruments, it has become the 62nd country to ratify the Paris Agreement and has contributed to the increase of the percentage – up to 51.89 percent – of emission of the nations that have already ratified the Agreement.

“This significant contribution towards the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement underlines Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to the global cause of environmental protection and climate justice and reaffirms India’s responsive leadership in addressing the impact of climate change,” the Permanent Mission’s statement added.

“This decision, coming after the decision of the Environment Ministers of the European Union, brings us closer to the entry into force of the Paris agreement before the end of the year,” said a communiqué issued by the French Presidency.

International Solar Alliance was also launched by India with France. The Indian cabinet, on September 28, decided to ratify the Paris Agreement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced during the BJP National Council meeting late last month that India would ratify the 21st Conference of Parties (CoP) protocol on combating climate change on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on October 2.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday informed that India will give a formal consent to the Paris Climate deal on 2nd October.

The Paris Agreement was adopted by 185 nations on December 12 last year and India signed it in New York on April 22. A total of 191 countries has signed it so far.

Read More: Modi to ratify Paris Agreement on October 2

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