EFEBogota

Colombia hopes that the COP21 climate summit in Paris will produce an ambitious and binding agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and deal with global warming, Deputy Environment Minister Pablo Vieira said.

"As a country, we seek a truly ambitious and binding agreement, committing all nations to taking specific steps in the fight against climate change," Vieira told reporters.

At the 21st U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP21, which will be held in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, Colombia will ratify its pledge to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 20 percent.

President Juan Manuel Santos will submit the Sustainable Colombia initiative, aimed at developing rural areas with a special approach once the peace agreement with the FARC rebels is finalized, to the conference, Vieira said.

Santos will also present a cooperation strategy with Britain, Germany and Norway "to reduce deforestation," Vieira said.

"The increase in the average global temperature should remain under 2 C (2.6 F) until the end of the century," the Colombian official said.

If that limit is exceeded, "extreme climate events, such as El Niño, La Niña, droughts, rains and hurricanes will be more frequent and stronger," Vieira said.