India Ratifies Paris Climate Change Agreement

India has formally joined the Paris Agreement on Sunday, depositing its instruments of ratification to the United Nations on Sunday, NPR reports.

India, the world’s third largest emitter, formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change on Sunday, puttingĀ the agreement on the cusp of entry into force.

As Rebecca Hersher reports forĀ NPR, “India’s ambassador to the U.N., Syed Akbaruddin, smiled as he delivered the ratified agreement to the international body’s office of legal affairs. The ceremony was held in front of a banner depicting Mahatma Gandhi and recognizing Oct. 2, the Indian peace leader’s birthday, as an international day of nonviolence.

Indian President Narendra Modi, who chose the date purposely, referenced Gandhi in a celebratory tweet:

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