India on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to the landmark Paris climate change agreement, saying it is willing to “work above and beyond” the pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, at a U.N. ‘Leadership Summit on Environment Pact’, said that India was at the forefront of the debate on environment and development.
The Minister’s remarks came amid uncertainty over the United States’ role in the deal after President Donald Trump, in June, announced that his country was withdrawing from the Paris deal, arguing that it gives undue advantage to countries like India and China.
India, which is the world’s third-largest carbon polluter, along with more than 190 nations, reached a pact in December 2015 with an aim to prevent an increase in the global average temperature and keep it well below 2 degrees Celsius.
The deal, which replaced the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, was ratified in October 2016.
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