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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution ( INDC ) to the 21st meeting of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference , COP 21, with a commitment to cutting total greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent by 2030.

The reductions will rise to 25 percent if the country receives help from the international community.

The report also discusses adaptation to climate change, which includes ongoing activities, addressing missing links in institutions, policies, finance, human resources, technology and climate change-adapting measures for 2021 to 2030.

The report was compiled by ministries and research agencies in collaboration with non-governmental organisations, international organisations and development partners.

The Vietnamese delegation attending the conference, led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, arrived in Paris for the event from November 30 to December 1.

At the meeting, the PM will co-chair a high-ranking dialogue on responding to climate change in the Mekong Delta region held in Vietnam’s display area at the Convention Centre.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung’s presence at the COP21 is a testimony to Vietnam’s active and positive international integration policy, showing Vietnam’s strong commitment to participating in international efforts to respond to climate change. It will also promote cooperation opportunities between Vietnam, other countries and international partners.

As one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, Vietnam is aware of the severe impacts of climate change on sustainable development. The Government has built and carried out programmes and national policies on climate change response.

Vietnam has joined many important international treaties and made contributions to the international negotiation process on climate change.

COP 21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degree Celsius at the end of the 21st century in comparison with the industrial period of 1850-1990.