Turkey Becomes Last G20 Country to Ratify UN Paris Climate Agreement

Turkey ratified the Paris Climate Agreement on Wednesday after its initial signing almost six years ago. Parliament members voted unanimously in its favor, just weeks before the world leader’s summit in Glasglow, Scotland.

Its lawmakers announced that the deal would be enacted if it did not “harm its right to economic and social development.”

Despite being among the signatory countries since April 2016, Turkey has held off its ratification. Its government sought to be classified as a developing country instead of an industrialized one in order to benefit from financial support.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that countries with a “historical responsibility” for climate change should thus contribute the most in the United Nations assembly held last month.

The United Nations. alongside local activist groups and businesses, have supported Turkey’s decision.

The Paris Agreement is a binding international treaty on climate change which aims to curb global warming to 2 or ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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