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Canada Doubles Funding to IPCC, Hosts Paris Implementation Meeting in Montreal

With U.S. funding to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change still in doubt, Canada announced Saturday that it is doubling its contribution to the UN climate science body, from C$150,000 to $300,000 per year, through 2022.

Canada is already one of the 10 top contributors to the IPCC’s Trust Fund,” Environment and Climate Change Canada said in a release. “The increase in funding announced today will help address the organization’s current budget constraints and ensure the delivery of the IPCC’s assessment reports over the coming years.”

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Meanwhile, environment ministers from Canada, the European Union, and China are set to meet in Montreal this week, on the heels of the IPCC Meeting September 3-9, “to chart a path on implementing the historic 2015 Paris climate accord and to signal their sustained commitment in the wake of the United States’ withdrawal from the pact,” iPolitics reports.

The gathering was planned during preliminary talks in Berlin last May, where Environment and Climate Minister Catherine McKenna and her two counterparts, the EU’s Miguel Arias Cañete and China’s Xie Zhenhua, discussed a joint Paris action plan. Now, a source told iPolitics, Canada is hoping to draw leaders from 30 to 40 other countries to the meeting, to boost its impact.

“We think that China, Canada, and the EU are in a good position to bring together other countries at the ministerial level to have high-level discussions about how we’re going to move forward,” McKenna said at the time. Paris “was a signal to the market, and now it’s about how to take advantage of this opportunity and how we make sure that every country is part of it.