28 November to 9 December 2005, Palais des Congrès de Montréal
Canada hosted the first Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in
Montreal in conjunction with the eleventh session of the Conference of the
Parties to the Climate Change Convention.
The conference was an historic event. The Parties to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met for the 11th time, while
marking the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol. At Montreal, the first
ever Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the
Protocol (CMP) ran parallel to the Conference of the Parties to the Convention
(COP). The United Nations Climate Change Conference was the largest
intergovernmental climate conference since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in
1997. Some 10,000 participants attended.
The conference attracted unprecedented business interest as a result of two
operation trading systems: the pan-European emissions trading scheme and the
Clean Development Mechanism, a tool to promote sustainable development and
combat climate change.