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India ratifies Paris Agreement

India on Sunday, 2 October 2016 deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

This is coming as Mali, Ukraine and the Federated States of Micronesia all recently deposited their instruments of ratification of the global pact with the UN body.

It brings the number of Parties that have ratified the Paris Agreement at 62 States, accounting in total for 51.89% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, as calculated under the official list that Parties provided under the Paris Agreement.

There are presently 191 signatories to the Paris Agreement, with Nigeria endorsing the climate pact recently in New York.

At the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), held last December in Paris, France, the Parties adopted the Paris Climate Change Agreement under the UNFCCC.

The Agreement was opened for signature on 22 April 2016 at a high-level signature ceremony convened by the Secretary General in New York. At that ceremony, 174 States and the European Union signed the agreement and 15 States also deposited their instruments of ratification.

The Agreement shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Depositary.

President Muhammadu Buhari promised in New York that Nigeria would deposited its instruments of ratification with the UN before the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the UNFCCC scheduled to hold in Marrakech, Morocco in November.

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