Council Resolution 02-06

Distribution: General



Ottawa, 19 June 2002

Cooperative Agenda for Children’s Health and the Environment in North America


HAVING ADOPTED Council Resolution 00-10, whereby the Parties recognized the particular vulnerabilities of children to environmental risks and agreed to collaborate on the development of a cooperative agenda that promotes the protection of children’s health from environmental risks;

IN ACCORDANCE with Council Resolution 00-10, whereby the Parties decided to focus, as a starting point, on specific health outcomes such as asthma and other respiratory diseases, the effects of lead including lead poisoning, and the effects of exposure to other toxic substances;

TAKING into consideration, with appreciation, Advice to Council 02-01 from the Expert Advisory Board on Children’s Health and the Environment, Advice to Council 02-01 from the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), and comments received from the public;

NOTING the productive and informative meeting held with the Expert Advisory Board members during the Council’s Ninth Regular Session on 18 June 2002 in Ottawa;

ACKNOWLEDGING the progress of the CEC in integrating children’s environmental health into its ongoing activities;

RECOGNIZING that effective domestic and trilateral solutions to address children’s health and the environment require a solid knowledge base, education and outreach, and partnerships; and

RECOGNIZING that protecting children’s health from environmental risks is an ongoing task and a long-term investment, and understanding that increased knowledge will continue to inform and shape planned activities and projects to maximize their effectiveness and relevance;


ADOPTS the Cooperative Agenda for Children’s Health and the Environment in North America (Cooperative Agenda);

CALLS UPON the Parties to work together with the CEC Secretariat to implement the Cooperative Agenda by undertaking the following new initiatives over the next two years:

AGREES to continue the integration of children’s environmental health considerations into the CEC work program.  This includes continuing work on the following projects:

AGREES, in addition to the focus on asthma and respiratory diseases and the effects of lead and other toxic substances, to include water-borne diseases as a priority health endpoint, and DIRECTS the CEC Secretariat, in coordination with the Parties, to develop options for collaborative action in this area;

CALLS FOR the North American Regional Action Plan on environmental monitoring and assessment to include bio-monitoring of persistent bioaccumulative toxics – in particular, mercury and lead – in infants, children, pregnant women, and women of child-bearing age; and

AGREES to bi-annually review progress achieved, assess relevance of planned activities in light of new knowledge acquired, and further advance the implementation of the Cooperative Agenda with the input and involvement of interested parties and members of the public.




David Anderson

Government of Canada

Víctor Lichtinger

Government of the United Mexican States

Christine Todd Whitman

Government of the United States of America

Cooperative Agenda for Children’s Health and the Environment in North America