India's Permanent Representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin hands over Instrument of Ratification to Santiago Villalpando, the chief of the Treaties Division. (Photo: ANI)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed India’s formally joining the Paris climate change deal.
"India now joins the 61 other parties that have deposited their instruments of ratification, which, including India, together account for close to 52 per cent of total global greenhouse emissions," a statement released by Ban has said.
The Paris Agreement needs 55 nations that together account for 55 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions to ratify before it can formally enter into force.
"India's leadership moves the world an important step closer toward the 55 per cent threshold needed for the historic agreement's entry into force this year.
"The Secretary-General calls on all parties to accelerate their domestic procedures in order to join the agreement as soon as possible this year," it said.
India launched, with France, the International Solar Alliance, which will contribute to the realisation of the objectives of the Paris agreement by facilitating access to solar energy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced last month that India would ratify the 21st Conference of Parties (CoP) protocol on combating climate change on October 2, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary.