Around 150 countries will sign the Paris agreement on April 22, 2016, during the signing ceremony in New York.
On 22 April 2016, approximately 150 countries under the United Nations framework convention will show up in New York to sign the agreement on climate change, sending a message of commitment to the world that they will together work to improve the environmental conditions.
The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) was organised by the United Nations from November 30 – December 12, 2015. Every year since 1995, the Conference of the Parties (COP) gathered 195 countries and the European Union to evaluate its implementation and negotiate new commitments. Around 147 nations attended the conference where the objective was to achieve a universal agreement on climate.
This year will be a historic turning point in the climate change story and could see the world towards an environmental progress. A record number of countries including India, Bahrain, Guinea, China, America, Japan and Thailand, will sign the Paris agreement.
The agreement will pull the countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to help erase the dangerous effects of global warming. Paris agreement sets a target of maintaining the global average rise in temperature below two degree Celsius.
According to experts, this will cut down the level of global greenhouse gas emissions by about half, which will reduce the increase in atmospheric temperature.
After the signing ceremony, the agreement will come into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 pc of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of acceptance with the secretary-general.
India holds a strong ambition for sustainable development and was among the top 10 countries investing for renewable energy in 2015, with an investment of Dollar 10.2 billion. India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy approved six new solar park projects and other 33 solar parks spread across 21 Indian states are already under development. The solar parks will together create a capacity of 19.9 gigawatts, which will contribute in the nation’s goal of generating 100 gigawatt solar photovoltaic power by 2022.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, who will be in New York to sign the Paris COP 21 global climate agreement, said that India is all set to sign the COP 21 agreement on April 22 and has successfully placed the sustainable lifestyle concept in the global discussions on climate change, which is now a part of the Paris agreement.
The government has also introduced online process for the clearances of environment and forests, while keeping in mind the environmental conditions.