5 Apr 2014

Optimism on climate action after Marshalls' meeting

2:18 pm on 5 April 2014

The Marshall Islands Foreign Minister says an international climate meeting in Majuro has ended with leaders expressing optimism over a new global climate agreement.

The Cartagena Dialogue group, representing about 40 nations focused on increasing traction for a global climate treaty, held a four-day conference in the Marshall's capital.

Foreign minister Tony deBrum says his low-lying atoll country is on the front line of the battle against climate change.

He says the Cartagena Dialogue alliance has agreed on a common purpose for a new climate agreement due to be signed in 2015.

Countries are beginning to focus on a planned global consultation on climate at the United Nations just prior to the opening of the General Assembly in September.