UN chief heading to climate talks in Peru hopeful about prospects for a draft global agreement

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he will travel to the climate conference in Peru next week and is hopeful that delegates will draft a deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

Ban told reporters Thursday he is encouraged by new targets for fossil fuel use announced recently by the United States and China, the world's two biggest polluters, as well as the European Union and Germany.

Delegates from more than 190 countries are working on a draft agreement to be adopted next December in Paris. Divisions between rich and poor countries have slowed negotiations on a new climate pact over the years.

Ban called the two-week meeting in Peru's capital, Lima, "crucial."