On Sunday, India ratified the landmark Paris climate deal, giving a significant push for the deal to enter into force by the end of this year. India, one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, by ratifying the agreement has taken its first major step towards combating climate change.
“India keeps its promise. On Gandhiji’s birth anniversary, we deposit the instrument of ratification of Paris Agreement on climate change,” tweeted External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last month that India would ratify the agreement on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Under the deal, India has committed to ensuring that at least 40% of its electricity will be generated from non-fossil sources by 2030.
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.
“I warmly congratulate India for its climate leadership, and for building on the strong momentum we see from all corners of the globe for the agreement to enter into force as quickly as possible this year. India’s ratification of the agreement moves the world an important step closer toward achieving that goal,” Ban said in the message.