India hails historic climate pact on greenhouse gases

India agreed to join in lauding the Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, at the 28th Meeting of Parties at Kigali, Rwanda. The Kigali Agreement is a reaffirmation of the global intent to mitigate climate change and exemplifies international co-operation in this regard. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is legally binding and will come into force from January 1, 2019.

“We were flexible, accommodative and ambitious. The world is one family and as a responsible member of the global family, we played our part to support and nurture this agreement,” Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Anil Madhav Dave stated.

The Agreement upholds the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR & RC). It recognizes the development imperatives of high-growth economies like India, and provides a realistic and viable roadmap for the implementation of a phase-out schedule for high global warming potential (GWP) HFCs.

The Government of India even expressed its contentment for playing a positive, constructive and collaborative role towards reaching this agreement. 

Right from the outset, India demonstrated exemplary flexibility and an open mind to work with all nations. This enabled a fair and equitable, yet ambitious Agreement that is in the best interest of people of the nation along with other developing nations, and in the best interest of the world.
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