U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he will travel to the climate conference in Peru next week and is hopeful that delegates will draft an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.
Ban said he is encouraged by new targets for fossil fuel use announced recently by the United States and China, the world’s two biggest polluters, as well as the European Union and Germany.
The U.N. Climate Change Conference begins today in Lima, Peru, another effort to reach global consensus on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases.
Delegates hold a new optimism after President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China broke their stalemate over emissions two weeks ago.
After more than two decades of trying but failing to forge a global pact to halt climate change, United Nations negotiators gathering in South America this week are expressing a new optimism that they may finally achieve the elusive deal.