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.