New York - India, which accounts for about 4.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, ratified the Paris climate change agreement Sunday at the United Nations, officials said.
New York – India, which accounts for about 4.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, ratified the Paris climate change agreement Sunday at the United Nations, officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet had given its approval Wednesday to ratify the Paris agreement on Oct. 2.
India’s U.N. ambassador, Syed Akbaruddin, handed over an instrument of ratification, signed by President Pranab Mukherjee, to a U.N. official in New York.
The U.N. welcomed India’s move. “India’s leadership builds on the continued strong political momentum from Paris for urgent global action on climate change,” the U.N. spokesman’s office said in a statement.
The Paris agreement will come into force when 55 countries contributing to at least 55 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions ratify it.
Including India, 62 countries have so far deposited their instruments of ratification, accounting for roughly 52 percent of global emissions, according to the U.N.
The Paris agreement was adopted by 185 nations in December 2015. It asks both rich and poor countries to take action to curb the rise in global temperatures that is melting glaciers, raising sea levels and shifting rainfall patterns.
It requires governments to present national plans to reduce emissions to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).