UN chief eyes agreement at next year's climate change talks in Lima

LIMA, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday voiced the hope that next year's global climate change talks in Lima could produce a legal document and other joint measures.

The climate conference, to be held in the Peruvian capital on Dec. 1-12, 2014, will seek a global agreement in the fight against environmental degradation among officials and delegates from more than 190 countries.

"I hope that with the support of the Peruvian government, President Ollanta Humala and Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, we can adopt a legal document on climate change," said Ban, who is attending the 15th General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization here.

Ban made the comments as he visited a reforestation project in the east part of the capital, which aims to benefit more than 35,000 people.

The UN chief hailed the project, which is implemented with UN support to transform the banks of the Rimac river, which crosses Lima into a green area.

Ban pledged to help expand the Peruvian project, which is designed to establish a 2,500-tree forest on 17,900 square meters.