|Published : 23 Sep 2016, 00:25:22|
BD joins Paris climate deal club
Bangladesh has formally joined the landmark Paris agreement on climate change with the foreign minister submitting the ratification to the UN secretary-general, reports bdnews24.com.
Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali handed over the Instrument of Ratification of the Agreement to Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday at the UN headquarters in New York, the foreign ministry said.
Bangladesh has now become one of the first countries to have made the deal officially valid.
"It reflects the firm commitment of Bangladesh and the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in addressing climate change adversities," the foreign ministry said.
Bangladesh, though not a contributor to global warming, signed the deal on Apr 22 this year. It was adopted last year in Paris.
The deal will enter into force only when ratified by at least 55 nations representing 55 per cent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions.
The agreement, reached in Paris after years of negotiations, provides a pathway for countries to reduce emissions so that the global temperature rise is kept below 2 degrees Celsius.