UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to attend the Bali conference on climate change, U.N. spokesperson Michele Montas announced Thursday.
Montas told reporters at the U.N. Headquarters in New York that the Secretary General will participate in the Bali conference from Dec. 12 to 14.
"There he wants to maximize the prospects for the launch of climate change negotiations," she said, adding that the U.N. chief feels "we need a break-through in Bali as a critical first step."
"If we are to meet the challenge of global warming, we need a new and comprehensive agreement that all nations can embrace," Ban was quoted as saying.
The spokesperson admitted that it is not expected that world leaders will walk away from the summit with a new global accord to succeed Kyoto.
"But the Secretary-General would expect them to agree to an agenda of issues and set a time-table for reaching such an accord, before the Kyoto protocol expires in 2012," she said.
According to Montas, Ban will meet in Bali key heads of state and governments on the margin of the talks, as well as major players in the climate change field.
The 13th session of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Bali, Indonesia from Dec. 3-14. About 10,000 delegates from over 180 countries and regions are expected to attend the conference, which focuses on measures to be implemented on global greenhouse gas emissions reduction after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.