Turkey ratifies Paris climate agreement

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Turkish Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum tweeted on Wednesday that Turkish lawmakers voted unanimously for ratification.

“I hope this step, which strengthens our fight against climate change and forms the basis of our Net Zero 2053 vision, will be beneficial,” he said.

The agreement, adopted by nearly 200 countries, commits participants to keeping global warming below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and, if possible, below 1.5 degrees. Each country is responsible for developing its own plan to achieve these goals.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month announced at the United Nations General Assembly in New York that he would submit the deal to parliament.

“We plan to submit the Paris Climate Agreement to our parliament for approval next month, in line with the constructive steps to be taken and as part of our national contribution statement,” Erdogan said.

Erdogan also called for more responsibility of the most developed nations of the world – historically the largest contributors to global carbon emissions.

“Whoever has caused the most damage to nature, our atmosphere, our water, our soil and the earth, and whoever has savagely exploited natural resources, should also make the greatest contribution to the fight against climate change.”

“Unlike in the past, this time around, no one can afford the luxury of saying, ‘I am powerful, so I won’t foot the bill'” he said.

Local climate activism groups and chambers of commerce supported Turkey’s ratification ahead of the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland in early November.

CNN’s Isil Sariyuce reported from Istanbul and Caitlin Hu reported and wrote from New York.


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