Officials attending the United Nations climate change conference in Bali, a resort island of Indonesia, Saturday morning have just resumed talks on a new draft of the final declaration, or Bali Roadmap.
The preamble of the draft decision says deep cuts in global emissions will be required to achieve the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UN FCCC).
The meeting will continue and the final declaration will eventually be delivered to the plenary floor.
The mandate will launch draft decision.
The Bali Roadmap will launch negotiations on a global climate deal by 2009.
"It's slower that I had expected but people feel this a very important journey that they have embarked on," said Yve de Boer, head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat told reporters on Friday.
But the UN climate change chief was optimistic about the Bali talks.
"We're on the brink of an agreement. We're absolutely not deadlocked," he said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who left Bali for Timor-Leste on Friday, will make an unscheduled return to the conference in Bali on Saturday.
The conference, the 13th Conference of the 192 Parties to the UN FCCC and the third meeting of the 176 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, is being attended by more than 11,000 people, making it the largest UN climate change meeting ever held.
Next year's Climate Change Conference will be held in Poznan, Poland.
(Xinhua News Agency December 15, 2007)