Advice to Council 01-10 — Public Portion of the Council Session

DISTRIBUTION: General
J/01-04/ADV/01-10
ORIGINAL: English

Public Portion of the Council Session

The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America:

IN ACCORDANCE with its mandate to provide advice to Council under Article 16(4) of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC);

HAVING provided prior Advice to Council 96-03 and 99-12 on how to improve the public portion of the Council Session held annually in June;

RECOGNIZING the continued improvements made at the 2001 Council Session;

SUPPORTIVE of Council’s desire for continuous improvement;

THEREFORE, makes the following recommendations to Council on how to improve the public portion of these important sessions. [Note: This advice is limited to the public portion of the Council Session. JPAC will continue to meet Council formally in-camera to pursue discussions and public input over the Council Session.]

General Organizational Rules

Specific Theme for 2002

The 2002 program should be organized as follows:

Day One

Day Two

a) JPAC round table presentations on education and capacity building opportunities for the SMOC working group and the public (30 minutes: 15 minutes for each presentation made by the two facilitators followed by 15 minutes for comments by the Council);
b) Presentation of results from the Networking Session (45 minutes: 10 minutes for each presentation made by the rapporteurs-one from each country-followed by 15 minutes for comments by the Council);
c) Presentations from the public (individuals who would like to make an oral presentation during the section of the public portion of the Council session must indicate it on the pre-registration form). Around 26 presentations will be grouped in blocks according to the four CEC program areas and the NAAEC Specific Obligations (one hour and a half: three minutes per presentation, followed after each block by six minutes of comments by the Council). If the time permits, the Council should open the floor to the non-preregistered members of public.

Day three