Sunday, October 2, 2016

India joins Paris Climate Change Agreement, submits instrument of ratification at UN headquarters

India formally joined the Paris Climate Change Agreement by submitting its instrument of ratification at UN headquarters in New York on Sunday - the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The instrument of ratification was deposited by India's permanent representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin.

By putting Gandhi seal on the climate deal, the country will now urge the global community to adopt 'Gandhian way of life' (shun extravagant lifestyles) to reduce their carbon footprints and protect the earth from adverse impact of climate change.

India will articulate its point vigorously during the next climate conference (COP22) at Marrakech in Morocco, beginning November 7.

"India had led from front to ensure the inclusion of climate justice and sustainable lifestyles in the Paris Agreement. We will put across this view based on Gandhian lifestyle in Morocco", said environment minister Anil Madhav Dave.

Spelling out next course of action after India formally joined the Agreement, Dave said, "It is important that apart from emission cuts, we also focus on measures that involve broader participation. People in developed countries live extravagant lifestyles with high carbon footprint.

"Simple everyday changes in lifestyles, when practiced by a large number of people around the globe, collectively will make a huge impact".

Besides pushing these points during negotiations around framing the rules, India will in Marrakech also set up an exclusive pavilion during COP22 to showcase the country's action on climate change and explain how the 'Gandhian lifestyles', being practiced in the country, actually help it reduce its carbon footprints.

Since European Union (28 nations) has also decided to submit its instrument of ratification on Tuesday, the climate deal will enter into force before the beginning of COP22 -- giving an opportunities to countries who formally joined the Agreement to actively involve themselves in framing rules and guidelines to implement the Paris deal through their post-2020 actions.

Congratulating India for its climate leadership and building a strong momentum for the agreement to enter into force as quickly as possible this year, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon said, "India's ratification of the agreement moves the world an important step closer toward achieving that goal".

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