US lauds India’s ratification of Paris climate deal

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016,16:48 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Washington | Applauding as “fantastic news” India’s ratification of the Paris Agreement, the US has said the full implementation of the deal will help avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change.

“After the United States joined in September, India’s joining represents the fulfillment of that shared objective and a significant step towards the Paris Agreement entering into force this year,” Ned Price, spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council told PTI, a day after India ratified the climate deal.

“Full implementation of this agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change, and pave the way for more progress in the coming years. We applaud India’s action in moving us ever closer to achieving this goal,” Price said.

“In June of this year, during his visit to Washington, Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and President (Barack) Obama discussed their shared vision for a rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement this year,” he added.

“We welcome this. This is fantastic news. India, like many countries, has been working to complete its domestic process as quickly as possible. We are very encouraged,” State Department Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters yesterday.

Last December, more than 190 countries adopted the Paris Agreement. At least 55 countries representing minimum 55 percent of global emissions need to formally join the agreement before it comes into force.

India, the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, on Sunday ratified the landmark Paris climate deal, giving a major boost to the deal which appeared tantalisingly close to enter into force by the end of this year.

With India’s move, a total of 62 countries accounting for almost 52 per cent of emissions have now ratified the accord.