India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate change

Polish President Andrzej Duda addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York

Modi made the announcement at a meeting of his Bharatiya Janata Party’s leaders in the southern Indian town of Kozhikode, but gave no further details.

“There is one work left in the CoP21 (Conference of Parties). India will do it on Gandhi Jayanti, on October 2”, Modi said, referring to the anniversary of the birth of Gandhi, viewed by many as the father of modern India.

The magic figure of 55% will certainly be reached this year as 14 more countries, accounting for 12.58% of the global emission, had on September 21 committed to join the Agreement this year most probably before the beginning of the next United Nations conference on climate change (COP22) in Morocco in November.

“In this regard, the Kingdom of Morocco will endeavor under the leadership of HM the King, to make the Marrakech Conference an important step to bring the Paris Agreement into force, by finding solutions to ensure sustainable economic development and adopting concrete measures to implement the worldwide obligations of this historic Agreement, through the mobilization of necessary financial structuring resources and the strengthening of capacity building as well as the facilitation of access to finance”, said Mezouar who was speaking before the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Even Kerala, where the conclave was being held, is also a coastal area.

India accounts for around 4.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The countries who have now signed the Agreement represent 48 percent of emissions. Besides India, the other countries who have announced to join the Paris Agreement through formal ratification this year include Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Poland, and the Republic of Korea.

In December 2015, the worldwide community signed the Paris deal aiming to limit global average temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by reducing emissions.