The world is "tantalizingly" close to a climate deal: UN Special Adviser

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Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development David Nabarro briefs the press on climate change and sustainable development. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The world is "tantalizingly" close to a climate deal as India prepares to ratify the agreement at the end of the week, a senior UN official announced Thursday.

The internationally agreed Paris climate change agreement only comes into force legally once it is ratified by at least 55 countries, which between them produce 55 per cent of global carbon emissions.

The key targets of the agreement are to keep global temperature rises below two degrees Celsius and to provide US$100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

India produces more than four per cent of global emissions and plans to submit its ratification on 2 October, to coincide with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, a pioneer of the non-violence philosophy.

David Nabarro, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, confirmed the news.

"As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his speeches at various points last week, we are tantalizingly close to the Paris Agreement entering into force, and briefing him just now, his reaction was "who would have imagined even in December last year, that this agreement could be possibly entering into force towards the beginning of October 2016?"

In early September, the world's two largest emitters, China and the United States, entered the agreement.

The pact will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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