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Domestic compulsions prompt India, US to stop short of Paris agreement ratification

Nitin Sethi  |  New Delhi 

Neither the US nor India has committed to a formal ratification of the Paris agreement by the end of 2016 in the much-hyped joint statement on climate change. The political  imperatives before outgoing US President Barack Obama, domestic legal requirements in India and the procedural complications of the Paris agreement collectively ensured that the two didn't. The statement, issued during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington, reads: “The United States reaffirms its commitment to join the Agreement as soon as possible this year.” The ...

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Domestic compulsions prompt India, US to stop short of Paris agreement ratification

Neither the US nor India has committed to a formal ratification of the Paris agreement by the end of 2016 in the much-hyped joint statement on climate change.The statement, issued during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington, reads: "The United States reaffirms its commitment to join the Agreement as soon as possible this year." The US has shied from using the word 'ratification', as it would require approval from the US senate, which President Obama is unlikely to secure from the Republican citadel.During the negotiations between the two countries, preceding Modi's tour, the US had insisted that India should commit to a formal ratification by 2016-end, while Washington would use the term "join the agreement". India, however, stopped short of such a commitment in the bilateral statement. Consequently, the joint statement reads, "India similarly has begun its processes to work toward this shared objective." Indian negotiators insisted upon this insertion to replace the sing Neither the US nor India has committed to a formal ratification of the Paris agreement by the end of 2016 in the much-hyped joint statement on climate change. The political  imperatives before outgoing US President Barack Obama, domestic legal requirements in India and the procedural complications of the Paris agreement collectively ensured that the two didn't. The statement, issued during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington, reads: “The United States reaffirms its commitment to join the Agreement as soon as possible this year.” The ... image
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Domestic compulsions prompt India, US to stop short of Paris agreement ratification

Neither the US nor India has committed to a formal ratification of the Paris agreement by the end of 2016 in the much-hyped joint statement on climate change. The political  imperatives before outgoing US President Barack Obama, domestic legal requirements in India and the procedural complications of the Paris agreement collectively ensured that the two didn't. The statement, issued during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington, reads: “The United States reaffirms its commitment to join the Agreement as soon as possible this year.” The ...

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