7 October (WNN) — Turkey has become the latest country and the last G20 nation to ratify the Paris climate agreement.
Parliament unanimously agreed to ratify the agreement, more than five years after Ankara signed it on April 22, 2016, the country’s foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.
“I wish that this step, which adds great strength to our fight against climate change and forms the basis of our 2053 Net Zero vision, will be beneficial,” Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said. via twitter.
Turkey’s ratification leaves Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Yemen as the only remaining nations that have yet to ratify the agreement, which is legally binding and has been tackled by nearly 200 countries at the end of 2015. was adopted with the goal of limiting it to below 2 degrees. Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.
According to an announcement that Turkey’s parliament agreed on Wednesday, Ankara will implement the historic climate deal as “a developing country” despite listing it as an Annex I developed nation by the United Nations Convention, which is part of the agreement. changes its responsibilities.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change states that Annex I developed countries have the largest obligation to cut greenhouse gases, while developing countries are required to regularly report their progress on emissions reductions, Whereas their “reporting is dependent on receiving funds from developed countries”. .
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the United Nations during the 76th session of the General Assembly in September that he intended to ratify the agreement, but was one of its first signatories because of “injustices relating to state obligations and burdens”. Despite that, he hasn’t done so yet. share.”
He said he had decided to ratify the agreement after the recent progress made within its framework without elaboration.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed Ankara’s ratification of the agreement, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.
“It is imperative that all countries continue to foster ambition and the Secretary-General has made it clear that the G20 countries must take the lead,” Dujarric said.