Delegates at the COP21 (Source: AFP/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam has welcomed the Paris Agreement, which attempts to limit the rise in global temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius, saying that it will open a new chapter in coping with climate change.

In a statement on December 13, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Spokesman Le Hai Binh said that the ratification of the deal at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference on December 12 was also an important step in global efforts in dealing with climate change.

“The world community needs to have strong political determination and effective cooperation to seriously and appropriately implement the Paris deal,” Binh said.

“Developed countries should take the lead to limit the greenhouse effect, support and enhance capacity for developing countries to implement the deal together,” he stressed.

Binh noted that being among the most-affected countries, Vietnam has actively implemented measures to cope with climate change and seriously implemented international commitments in climate change as well as proposed commitment content.

Vietnam has also actively participated in the Paris Agreement negotiations and taken great efforts for common efforts as well as protect the nation’s legitimate interests, he said.

On December 12 night, envoys from 195 nations approved a historical accord in Paris to stop global warning and usher in an energy revolution.

The Paris accord sets a target of limiting warming of the planet to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius compared with the Industrial Revolution, while aiming for an even more ambitious goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius. To do so, emissions of greenhouse gases will need to peak “as soon as possible”, followed by rapid reductions.

Developed countries agreed to provide at least 100 billion USD a year from 2020 to help developing countries.-VNA