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Obama welcomes ratification of Paris Climate Change agreement by India

Updated: Oct 02, 2016 21:12 IST      
Obama welcomes ratification of Paris Climate Change agreement by India

Washington [USA], Oct. 2 (ANI): United States President Barack Obama on Sunday hailed India's submission of its instrument of ratification to the United Nations in New York for the Paris Climate Change Agreement on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

"Gandhiji believed in a world worthy of our children. In joining the Paris Agreement, @narendramodi & the Indian people carry on that legacy," tweeted Obama.

France also welcomed this move in a statement saying, "The President of the Republic welcomes the ratification of the Paris Agreement by India, on this symbolic day commemorating Mahatma Gandhi's birthday."

So far 61 nations have ratified the landmark agreement on climate change accounting for a total of 47.79 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions. India's ratification on Sunday would take that figure to 51.89 per cent.

The objective of the Paris Agreement is to reduce the emissions from 50 to 40 gigatons, or to 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial levels. Some developing countries have pledged to reduce carbon footprints in the form of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs

Adopted in Paris by the 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at a conference known as COP21, the agreement calls on countries to combat climate change and to intensify actions and investments needed for a sustainable low-carbon future, as well as to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change.

Specifically, it seeks to limit the rise in global temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The pact - which was signed in New York on April 22 by 175 countries at the largest, single-day signing ceremony in history - will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification. (ANI)

Trump discussed terrorism, climate change with Pope

Updated: May 24, 2017 21:22 IST     

New York [U.S.], May 24 (ANI) : Pope Francis appears to have left his mark on U.S. President Donald Trump as they had their first face-to-face meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday.

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Updated: May 24, 2017 19:45 IST     

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Philippines may impose nationwide martial law to tackle IS

Updated: May 24, 2017 19:44 IST     

Manila [The Philippines], May 24 (ANI): The Philippines may be put under martial law to tackle the threat of Islamic State, said President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday.

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Ex-ISI official admits Kulbhushan Jadhav captured from Iran

Updated: May 24, 2017 18:03 IST     

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Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal resigns

Updated: May 24, 2017 17:08 IST     

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Two Chinese nationals kidnapped at gunpoint from Quetta

Updated: May 24, 2017 17:02 IST     

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Security actions breaching sovereignty unacceptable: Putin

Updated: May 24, 2017 15:27 IST     

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Updated: May 24, 2017 14:35 IST     

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Pope Francis welcomes Trump at the Vatican

Updated: May 24, 2017 13:51 IST     

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Pakistan Mirage jets fly over Siachen Glacier

Updated: May 24, 2017 12:36 IST     

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Trump Admin to give 'loan' to Pak instead of military grant

Updated: May 24, 2017 12:22 IST     

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Islamabad High Court allows Uzma to return to India

Updated: May 24, 2017 11:31 IST     

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CPEC may fuel Indo-Pak tension: UN report

Updated: May 24, 2017 10:32 IST     

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Trump administration proposes budget cuts for social programs

Updated: May 24, 2017 10:27 IST     

Washington D. C. [USA], May 24 (ANI): The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled a budget looking to boost defense spending and seeking cuts in social programs for poor.

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Manchester [U.K.], May 24 (ANI): The Manchester terrorist attack that claimed 22 innocent lives has shaken people around the world, as the victims in the blast are now beginning to be identified.

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