Fiji has become the first country in the world to formally approve the UN climate deal agreed by 195 nations in Paris in December.
The island nation’s parliament unanimously agreed to ratify the Paris agreement on Friday, according to local news reports.
The process marks the beginning of an expected wave of ratification votes as other countries prepare for their attendance at the New York ceremony.
In order to formally take effect, the Paris agreement needs at least 55 countries, representing at least 55% of the world’s climate emissions, to ratify the treaty. Observers are confident the milestone can be passed in time for the New York event, given all the world’s major economies expressed full support for the Paris agreement at last year’s summit in the French capital.
Under its national climate action plan, Fiji pledged to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. It also promised to cut overall emissions from its energy sector by 30% by 2030 compared to business-as-usual, conditional on it receiving climate finance from industrialised nations.