India ratified the Paris Agreement on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. To date, 62 countries representing 51.89% of global emissions have joined the Paris Agreement. Fifty-five countries representing 55% of global emissions must join before the pact enters into force. Track progress on WRI's Paris Agreement Tracker.

Following is a statement from Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of World Resources Institute:

“India’s leaders are standing shoulder to shoulder with the global community on climate change, a common challenge that unites us all.

“Prime Minister Modi has made clear that his actions are driven by the necessity of blunting climate impacts today and for future generations, but also the significant economic opportunities of a clean energy future. The country has one of the boldest renewable energy targets in the world, making it destined to be a major player in solar and wind markets.

“India’s ratification comes swiftly after the European Council’s vote to have the EU join the Agreement. We are now on the verge of entry into force for the Paris Agreement at a pace that is one of the most rapid ever and faster than almost anyone imagined. This is an exciting moment in history as countries ramp up action and work collectively to address this global challenge.”