Canada to host international climate change meeting in Montréal

News Release

Scientists from 195 countries to discuss next climate change assessment report

March 31, 2017 – Gatineau, Quebec – Environment and Climate Change Canada

Canada is proud to host the 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Montréal, from September 3 to 9, 2017.

Hundreds of scientists and representatives from 195 countries will gather to advance the science of climate change and to decide the scope of the sixth IPCC assessment report. This report will provide the most up-to-date international scientific knowledge on climate change, and it will play an important part in supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

The IPCC offers policymakers a comprehensive scientific assessment of climate change that helps us better understand the impacts, future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation measures. This science is integral in making informed, evidence-based decisions on climate change.

The Government of Canada values the important work of the IPCC, and it has been a member since the IPCC’s inception in 1988. Canada makes significant scientific contributions to the IPCC, with Canadian scientists holding leadership positions on the IPCC’s scientific advisory body and Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and serving as authors for IPCC reports.


“Environment and Climate Change Canada is a strong supporter and an active participant in international research efforts on climate change. Our scientists provide world-class expertise to the IPCC, and we are honoured to host this important international meeting during Canada’s 150th anniversary. Advancing our understanding of climate change is essential, and we recognize that it requires collaboration with scientific experts from around the world.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick Facts

  • The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and by the United Nations Environment Programme.

  • Canada last hosted an IPCC meeting in 2005, and a smaller meeting of the IPCC’s Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories in 2014.

  • The IPCC’s sixth-assessment-report cycle started in 2015, and it will end in 2022.

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Caitlin Workman
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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