India Signs Historic Paris Climate Pact

India on Friday signed the historic Paris climate agreement here along with more than 170 nations, marking a significant step that has brought together developing and developed nations for beginning work on cutting down greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar signed the agreement in the UN General Assembly hall at a high-level ceremony hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.The ceremony was attended by heads of government, ministers, corporate leaders and artists. “This is a moment in history. Today , you are signing a new covenant with the future,“ Ban said, adding that, “We are in a race against time“. The opening ceremony included music from students of New York's Julliard School and a short video bringing the “gavel moment“ from Paris to the signature ceremony .
The signing ceremony for set the record for the most countries to sign an international agreement on one day, previously set in 1982, when 119 countries signed the Law of the Sea Convention.

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