The EU played a key role in brokering a historic agreement at the UN Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2015, where 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The ambitious and balanced agreement, the first major multilateral deal of the 21st century, sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. The deal is the culmination of years of efforts by the international community to bring about a universal multilateral agreement on climate change. The global transition to low emissions can be achieved without compromising growth and jobs, and can provide significant opportunities to revitalise economies in Europe and globally. Action to tackle climate change also brings significant benefits in terms of public well-being. In June 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for the EU to ratify the Paris Agreement, which comes just weeks after the EU and 174 countries signed the landmark agreement at a ceremony in New York. The EU's ratification triggered the entry into force of the Paris Agreement within less than one year.