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President Pranab Mukherjee gives his assent to ratify Paris climate deal

The stage is set for India to ratify the Paris climate deal on October 2, with President Pranab Mukherjee giving his nod to a proposal approved earlier by the government, making India one of the key countries to help bring the pact into force.

“We will ratify the Paris deal in the UN tomorrow (Sunday). The President has signed it. The Union cabinet has already approved it,” environment minister Anil Madhav Dave told reporters here.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on September 25 that India will ratify it on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

“This (decision) was taken after a lot of deliberations and with a view to give the world a message… India is fast becoming a super power,” Dave said.

“Call it international pressure or a sort of competition, this morning European Union has also decided to ratify it, which is a good thing,” he added.

The Union cabinet had given its nod to ratifying the Paris climate deal on September 28, days after Mr Modi announced this at BJP’s national council meet in Kozhikode. The move is expected to give momentum to the implementation of measures at the international level to control global warming.

India’s ratification will further underline its responsive leadership, which is committed to global cause of environment. The pact will come into force after it has been ratified by at least 55 countries which account for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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