Canada hosting the 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this week in Montréal

News Release

Scientists from 195 countries to discuss next report on climate change assessment

September 6, 2017 – Montréal, Quebec – Environment and Climate Change Canada

In hosting the 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Canada is demonstrating its leadership on climate change and highlighting the critical role science plays in informing government policy. Hundreds of scientists and representatives from 195 countries are meeting in Montréal, from September 6 to 10, to decide on the scope of the IPCC’s sixth assessment report.

This report will provide state-of-the-art knowledge on climate change, and it will support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Canada’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The IPCC provides policymakers with scientific evidence to improve our understanding of climate change impacts, future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation measures.

As part of Canada’s contribution to global efforts to understand and prepare for climate change, Canada’s next national assessment—Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action—is currently underway. A series of authoritative science and information products, the assessment will cover Canada’s changing climate, its impacts, and adaptation measures to reduce risks.

At today’s IPCC opening plenary, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, underlined the importance of climate change science in their recorded video remarks.


“Climate change is a global challenge that requires a global solution‎. Countries around the world are taking action to fight climate change and support clean growth, and our policies must be based on the best available science. As part of our government's commitment to supporting science and taking a leadership role in tackling climate change, I am so proud that Canada is hosting climate scientists from 195 countries to share their research. By working together now, they can give governments the right tools to make good decisions for the future.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Canada has been a proud supporter of and contributor to the IPCC since its inception, and we encourage Canadian scientists to continue to build on the strong leadership role they have played within the organization.”

– Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“Through collaboration with a wide range of subject-matter experts—including all orders of government, Indigenous organizations, and universities—great work is underway in Canada to support sound decisions and actions to adapt to climate change. Canadians are invited to participate in these discussions by sharing their views via an online survey. Combined, these efforts will contribute to the global understanding of climate change impacts and how best to adapt.”  

– Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources

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 plenary session in 2005, and a smaller meeting of the IPCC’s 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.

Associated Links


Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)

Alexandre Deslongchamps
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada

Ann Marie Paquet
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science

Media Relations
Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada

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