India will ratify its U.N. climate change commitments next month to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and as a tribute to Deendayal Upadhyaya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced.

May be a Bargaining chip for NSG membership

The Climate Change ratification was also seen as a possible bargaining chip in exchange for India’s membership to the Nuclear Supplier Group. In a statement in June after the Seoul session, the MEA had said that “an early positive decision by the NSG would have allowed us to move forward on the Paris Agreement.”

Ahead of Marrakesh meet

The U.N. Climate Change treaty agreed to at the Paris summit in November 2015, enters into force only after 55 countries, accounting in total for 55 per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, ratify it.

India accounts for about 6 per cent of global emissions, and is expected to join a group of countries that will ratify the agreement by the next U.N. Climate Conference in Marrakesh on November 7.