India ratifies Paris Agreement on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday

India ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, bringing the world ever closer to the treaty’s entry into force. “The country is embarking on a sustainable development pathway. Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi calls it ”development without destruction,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said after witnessing India becoming the 62nd country to deposit a legal instrument of ratification for the climate pact during a commemorative event on the International Day of Non-Violence.

India has chosen the International Day and the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the country”s independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence, to join the climate accord.