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#CEC31: 31st Annual Council Session and JPAC Public Forum

Wilmington, North Carolina
United States

From 24 to 26 June 2024


Mark your calendar for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) 31st annual Council Session and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum, to be held 24–26 June 2024 in Wilmington, North Carolina under the theme “Strengthening Environmental Justice through Community Empowerment.”

#CEC31 will bring together North America’s top environmental officials and the public-at-large to learn from and engage with environmental justice advocates, Indigenous and community leaders, experts, youth, activists and others. 2024 also marks the CEC’s 30th anniversary, presenting an opportunity for the CEC and North America to reflect upon and showcase three decades of regional environmental cooperation.

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#CEC31 is a three-day event that is open to the public, with live-streamed events featuring simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish. #CEC31 events can be attended in person or virtually at no cost.

Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00)

The JPAC Public Forum on Advancing Environmental Justice in North America will kick off the three-day event on 24 June, providing public participants the opportunity to engage in an open dialogue and share their experiences on advancing environmental justice and empowering communities across North America, helping the CEC identify critical and emerging environmental issues at the local and regional level.

9:00 am-10:00 am

Opening ceremony, welcoming remarks and keynote presentation

10:15 am-12:00 pm

Panel 1: Legal and Policy Instruments to Access and Implement Environmental Justice in North America

1:15 pm-1:30 pm

Report From the U.S. National and Governmental Advisory Committee Representatives

1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Panel 2: Community Mobilization and Environmental Justice Challenges

3:15 pm-4:50 pm

Open Dialogue on Opportunities for Environmental Trilateral Cooperation: Can We Think about Environmental Justice From a Regional North American Perspective?

4:50 pm-5:00 pm

Closing Remarks by Esteban Escamilla, JPAC Chair

Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00)

Day two will feature a CEC Presentation on Environmental Justice Work (Part 1), a Youth Panel highlighting generational perspectives across North America and conclude with an Expert Roundtable with the CEC Executive Director, a discussion on the unique histories and trajectories of environmental justice and its evolution in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

11:00 am-12:00 pm

CEC Presentation on Environmental Justie Work (Part 1):

(Part 1): Air Quality Improvement for Environmental Justice and North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Initiative

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Youth Panel:

Bridging the Gap: A Conversation on the Generational Fight for Environmental Justice

4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Expert Roundtable with the CEC Executive Director on Environmental Justice:

Origins, Evolution and Emerging Policy in North America

Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00)

Day three will include a CEC Presentation on Environmental Justice Work (Part 2) and will conclude with the Council Public Session, which presents an opportunity for North Americans to engage with the top environmental officials in the region. This year, discussions will focus on “Strengthening Environmental Justice through Community Empowerment.”

10:00 am-11:30 am

CEC Presentation on Environmental Justice Work (Part 2):

EJ4Climate Grant Program and Communities for Environmental Justice Network

1:30 pm-5:00 pm

Council Public Session:

Strengthening Environmental Justice through Community Empowerment

Click here to download the complete program of public events.

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Financial assistance

If you are interested in attending the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s 31st Annual Council Session and the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum in person, you may apply for financial assistance to cover travel and accommodation. However, financial assistance is limited and available only to non-profit organizations and individuals currently residing in Canada, Mexico or the United States. Government representatives are not eligible for financial assistance, and funding will be limited to one representative per organization. To apply for financial assistance please follow the in-person registration link. Please note that participants are responsible for obtaining the necessary travel documents, such as a valid passport and travel visa (if applicable), as well as for covering any related expenses. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is 20 May 2024.

Event accessibility

We strive to host inclusive, barrier-free events that enable all individuals to fully engage with CEC activities. As such, #CEC31 sessions, panels and presentations will be live-streamed and all broadcasts will be available in English, French and Spanish via simultaneous interpretation, with closed-caption services available.

To further this commitment, we are gathering feedback from our audience to enhance the accessibility of our activities. Please indicate your requirements to help us improve our events so that they meet your accessibility and inclusion needs. Your input will help us identify areas for improvement.  Please send us an email at cec31@cec.org.

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Nathalie Daoust
Director, Government Relations, Strategy and Performance
(514) 350-4310

Marcela Orozco
Head of Unit, Advisory Groups and Private Sector Engagement
(514) 350-4305