G20 members on Monday agreed to complete their domestic legal formalities for the ratification of Paris climate deal as soon as their “national procedures allow”, a move which could provide India more time to work out its own strategy over its developmental goals.
“We reiterate our commitment to sustainable development, strong and effective support and actions to address climate change. We commit to complete our respective domestic procedures in order to join the Paris Agreement as soon as our national procedures allow,” said the joint communique issued at the end of the two-day summit.
The nine-page, 7,000-word communique was released late on Monday night, marking the end of the summit that was joined by top world leaders.
“We welcome those G20 members who joined the Agreement and efforts to enable the Paris Agreement to enter into force by the end of 2016 and look forward to its timely implementation with all its aspects,” the joint statement said without setting any deadline.
India was perceived to have come under increasing international pressure on climate change after China ratified the Paris Agreement on the eve of the summit.
“Ratifying the agreement accords with China's policy of actively dealing with climate change,” official Xinhua news agency reported, adding that addressing climate change will help the country achieve sustainable development.
The ratification will “further advance China's green, low-carbon development and safeguard environmental security”, the report said.
The Chinese state media was quick to criticise India.
“After their quick ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, China and the US, the world's first and second-largest emitters of greenhouse gases, have led by example ahead of other emerging and industrialised economies,” said a commentary in the nationalistic tabloid Global Times.
“ It is high time that the EU and India, the third- and fourth- largest emitters, also show they mean business when it comes to limiting the effects of climate change.”