Turkey ratifies Paris Agreement
Turkey's parliament ratified the Paris climate agreement on Oct. 5, becoming the latest G20 country to do so after years of holding back on its responsibilities under the agreement due to inequities.
Turkey has been a signatory to the Paris Agreement since April 2016. However, Ankara had not ratified the agreement, arguing that it should not be considered a developed country under the agreement, which gives it more responsibility since Turkey has historically been responsible for a very small share of CO2 emissions.
President Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey would ratify the agreement at the United Nations General Assembly last month, and said countries that have a "historical responsibility" for climate change should make the greatest efforts.
"Those who have done the most damage to nature, to our air, to our water, to our soil, to the earth; those who have brutally exploited natural resources must make the greatest contribution to the fight against climate change," he said.
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