Tribute to Gandhi: India ratifies historic Paris climate deal at United Nations

New Delhi: On the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, India, the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, today ratified the landmark Paris climate deal.


India’s formal inclusion in the Paris Climate Change Agreement will give a significant push for the deal to enter into force by the end of this year.


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 to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.


Lauding India’s “climate leadership, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "India's ratification of the agreement moves the world an important step closer toward achieving that goal".