Negotiators at the Paris summit aim to wrap up a global agreement to curb climate change, on Saturday – a day later than expected.

“We are nearly there. I’m optimistic,” said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is chairing the summit.

According to BBC News, Mr. Fabius told reporters in Paris that he would present a new version of the draft text on Saturday morning, which he was “sure” would be approved and “a big step forward for humanity as a whole”.

Efforts to forge a deal faltered today, forcing the talks to overrun.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the negotiations were the “most complicated, most difficult, but, most important for humanity”.

The summit is entering a final push to try to secure a global agreement that would stake out a long-term strategy for dealing with climate change. However, there are still some unresolved issues.

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