UN Secretary General to attend UNFCCC confab in Bali
Ban will take part in the Bali conference from 12 to 14 December, United Nations spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters on Thursday, saying he wants to maximize the opportunity provided by the summit to make progress on his signature issue.
"He feels we need a breakthrough in Bali as a critical first step," she said. "If we are to meet the challenge of global warming, we need a new and comprehensive agreement that all nations can embrace.
"We do not expect world leaders to walk away from the summit with a new global accord to succeed Kyoto," Ms. Montas added, referring to the internationally agreed Protocol for reducing emissions that is due to expire in 2012.
"But the Secretary-General would expect them to agree to an agenda of issues and set a timetable for reaching such an accord," she said.