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Kyoto named as venue for next year’s meeting of U.N. climate panel

JIJI

The 49th general session of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), slated for next May, will be held in Kyoto, Environment Minister Masaharu Nakagawa announced Friday.

This will be the second time for Japan to host an IPCC general meeting, after the 38th session was held in Yokohama in 2014.

The eight-day meeting will discuss methods to calculate greenhouse gas emissions needed to enhance the effectiveness of the Paris Agreement, an international framework worked out in 2015 to combat climate change.

“I hope that the meeting will stimulate renewed public interest in climate change issues,” Nakagawa said.

The IPCC, established in 1988 by the U.N. Environmental Program and the World Meteorological Organization, provides policymakers with scientific, technological and socioeconomic assessments on climate change.