Health Desk-- October 3, 2016: India, the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, formally joined the Paris agreement on tackling climate change on Sunday.
The deal aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions by shifting away from fossil fuels to limit global warming to "well below" two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times.
It’s now a demand of time to be formally ratified by countries representing at least 55 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions.
A spokesman for the UN Secretary-General in a statement said the Secretary-General calls on all Parties to accelerate their domestic procedures in order to join the agreement as soon as possible this year.
The European Union (EU) is expected to complete the joint ratification of the climate pact, which will be a major milestone as it would take approvals past the 55 percent mark and put the deal into effect ahead of the next round of climate talks in November, in Morocco.
The Paris agreement received a boost last month after the United States and China, the world's two biggest emitters, submitted their approvals to the United Nations.
Concerns about the participation of the United States loom over the deal but cementing the accord before the US presidential election on Nov 8 would make it harder to challenge if Republican Donald Trump, who has opposed it, beats Democrat Hillary Clinton, a strong supporter.