Advice to Council 99-11 — North American Agenda for Action: 2000-2002 Proposed Program Plan for the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation

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J/99-11/ADV
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North American Agenda for Action: 2000-2002 Proposed Program Plan for the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation

The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC);

IN ACCORDANCE with its mandate to provide advice to Council;

PROVIDES Council with the following views on the proposed program plan for 2000-2002.

Introduction

The Joint Public Advisory Committee received the proposed program plan just prior to its regular session 99-04, held 16-17 September 1999 in Montréal.  The public participants at this regular session received a copy the day of the plenary session set up to discuss the proposal.  JPAC and the public appreciate the opportunity to be at the front end of the review process.  At the same time, however, it must be understood that neither JPAC nor the public has had an opportunity to analyze this important document in detail.  The plenary session and the JPAC regular session, therefore, were used to identify key issues and topics that JPAC members and the public felt needed to be addressed in the program plan. Representatives of the Parties and program managers from the Secretariat were present at the session.

It is JPAC’s intention to continue to follow the development of the proposed program plan and JPAC has encouraged the public to do the same and submit further comments, in writing, to JPAC.  The JPAC Chair will transmit these comments to the representatives of the Parties and to the Secretariat program managers.

The Proposed Program Plan 2000-2002

The following is presented as an overview of the key issues and topics raised during the 16-17 September plenary discussion and JPAC regular session on the proposed program plan.  They are not presented in any order of priority, nor do they necessarily represent a consensus among the JPAC members or the public participants.

General

Environment, Economy and Trade

Conservation of Biodiversity

Pollutants and Health

Law and Policy

Other Initiatives