Pakistan becomes 104th country to ratify Paris climate deal

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 11, 2016 13:20 hrs

Islamabad, Nov 11 (IANS) Pakistan formally joined the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by submitting its instrument of ratification at a ceremony at the UN headquarters, becoming the 104th country to ratify the landmark deal.

Pakistan's envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi deposited the "Instrument of Ratification" signed by the President of Pakistan, a Foreign Office statement said on Friday.

"With the ratification, Pakistan has become 104th country to ratify the agreement, which entered into force earlier this month," the statement said. Pakistan had signed the agreement on the first day of its opening for signature in New York in April this year.

The ratification by Pakistan corresponds with the ongoing Marrakech Climate Change Conference, which was formed to take important decisions for the comprehensive implementation of the Paris Agreement.

On October 5 the conditions for the agreement's entry into force were met which required ratification by at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

The agreement obliges member states to keep global warming below 2 degrees centigrade - regarded as the threshold for safety by experts and scientists.

Pakistan's ratification is in line with its firm commitment to the purposes and objectives of the Climate Convention. It also highlights the resolve of Pakistan to remain fully committed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the statement said.

India on October 2 became the 62nd country to ratify the agreement.