India signed the historic Paris climate agreement in New York with more than 170 nations yesterday. The agreement brings together developing and developed nations to cut down greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming.

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar signed the agreement in the UN General Assembly hall at a high-level ceremony hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The ceremony was attended by heads of government, ministers, corporate leaders and artists.

"This is a moment in history. Today you are signing a new covenant with the future," the UN Secretary General said.  "We are in a race against time."

Javdekar shared following tweet after signing the pact: 

 

The signing is the first step toward ensuring that the agreement comes into force as soon as possible.

After the signing, countries must take the further national (or domestic) step of accepting or ratifying the agreement.

The agreement will come into force in 30 days after at least 55 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), accounting for at least 55 per cent of global emissions, ratify the pact.

India has maintained that the burden of fighting climate change cannot be put on the shoulders of the poor countries after decades of industrial development by the rich nations.

India earlier had announced to quadruple its renewable power capacity to 175 gigawatts by 2022. 

(Photo Credit: The image was shared by Environment minister Prakash Javdekar in his Twitter handle)