India ratifies Paris climate deal on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary

India's permanent representative at UN, Syed Akbaruddin handed over the instrument signed by President of India to UN officials.

India, the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, today ratified the landmark Paris climate deal, giving a major boost to the deal which appeared tantalisingly close to enter into force by the end of this year.

PM Modi and other seniour BJP leaders at BJP National Executive in Kozhikode, Kerala. PM had announced that the deal would be ratified on the 2nd October.

PM Modi and other seniour BJP leaders at BJP National Executive in Kozhikode, Kerala. PM had announced that the deal would be ratified on the 2nd October.

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 147th birth anniversary.

“Bringing the Paris Agreement on climate change ever closer to its entry into force, India today joined the new global accord at the United Nations Headquarters and became the 62nd country to deposit its legal instrument of ratification,” the world body said in a statement.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded India’s “climate leadership”, saying India’s ratification of the Paris Climate Change agreement moves the world an “important step closer” toward achieving the goal of entering the landmark deal into force this year.

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