ISTANBUL, October 6 (Hfrance.fr) - The Turkish parliament has ratified the Paris climate agreement on Wednesday, becoming the last G20 country to do so, after waiting years dueof what it considered to be injustices in its responsibilities under the agreement.
Turkey is a signatory of the agreement of Paris since April 2016. But Ankara had not ratified the agreement, arguing that it should not be considered a developed country under the agreement, which gives it more responsibilities, because Turkey is historically responsible for a very low share of carbon emissions.
Announcing that Turkey would ratify the deal in the Assembly United Nations General President Tayyip Erdogan last month said countries with "historic responsibility " for climate change should make the most effort.
"Whoever has caused the most damage to nature, our air, our water, our soil, the Earth; whoever has savagely exploited natural resources must bring the greatestcontribution to the fight against climate change ", he said.
On Wednesday, 353 members of Turkey 'Parliament ratified the 'unanimous agreement.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change currently places Turkey in the annex group I, described as industrialized countries.
A statement approved by parliament said that Turkey ratified the agreement as a developing country and would implement as long as it does not "undermine his right to economic and social development.
Turkey also sent a proposal to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn to have its name removed from the annex I list.
The proposal is on the provisional agenda of the ConCOP26 conference on climate change to be held in Gla sgow from October 31 to November 12.
If Turkey is removed from the list of countries in the Annex I, it will be able to benefit from investments, insurance and technology transfer that can be provided under the agreement. Report by Ali Kucukgocmen; Edited by Leslie Adler and Hugh Lawson
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