India will ratify the Paris climate change agreement on October 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today. The ratification will mean speedy implementation of measures at the international level to control global warming.
"There is one work left in the CoP21 (Conference of Parties). Ratification is yet to be done and India too is yet to do it. Today on the birth anniversary of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, I announce that India will ratify the decisions on October 2, the birth anniversary of mahatma Gandhi," the Indian Prime Minister said while addressing the Bhartiya Janta Party's National Council meet in the southern Indian state of Kerala.
He said that he had chosen October 2 for this because it is the birth anniversary of freedo, fighter M K Gandhi, also known as the father of the nation, whose life "is an example of minimum carbon footprint".
At the Paris climate meet in December last year, more than 190 nations had agreed on setting goals to control global warming and funnelling money to poor countries facing climate catastrophe.
The pact will come into effect once it is ratified by at least 55 countries that account for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Modi said that the threat due to global warming was large to many coastal countries and cities.
The US and China are among countries that have already ratified the agreement.
India had been seeking more time to complete the process as it feared an impact on its developmental projects.