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JPAC Regular Session 17-03 – NAFTA’s Environmental Side Agreement: Assessing the Past, Looking Towards the Future

As Canada, Mexico, and the United States continue the process of re-evaluating and renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) will devote its fall 2017 public forum to an expert discussion on trade and the environment within the context of the role of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC).

This event will bring together a select group of experts in trade and environment who have experience with the NAAEC, with other international trade/environment institutions, and with the environmental impacts of trade more generally. They will present their analyses of the NAAEC and the CEC— with emphasis on exploring what impact and efficiency these instruments have had in advancing the North American environmental agenda.

The forum will draw on the findings of the Ten-Year Review and Assessment Committee (TRAC), as published by the CEC in Ten Years of North American Environmental Cooperation, the results of JPAC Regular Session 13-03: “20 Years of NAFTA and the NAAEC,” as well as the individual work of the invited experts, and any available updates on discussions regarding environmental concerns in the context of the renegotiation of NAFTA.

Simultaneous translation to English, French and Spanish is available for in person and online participants.

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JPAC Meeting in Chicago

Where:

Courtyard Marriott Chicago Downtown/River North Room Michigan Avenue 30 East Hubbard at State Street Chicago, IL 60611
United States

When:

November 9, 2017

Participation:

Public

Contact:

Marcela Orozco
Senior Liaison Officer, Advisory Bodies and Public Engagement
(514) 350-4305

Recorded Webcast

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Robert Varney, JPAC Chair
Opening and welcoming remarks

César Rafael Chávez, CEC Executive Director
Presentation

Roundtable discussion 1
The roles of the NAAEC and of the CEC: original intent and evolution over the last 23 years

Víctor Lichtinger, Coordinador General de Gabinete y Planeación
Gobierno de Michoacán

John J. Kirton, Director, G7 Research Group
Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Daniel Magraw, Professorial Lecturer
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Roundtable discussion between invited experts, JPAC members and audience (in-person + online)

Roundtable discussion 2
Assessing the impacts of the CEC and the NAAEC to date

Raquel Gutiérrez Nájera, Director
Instituto de Derecho Ambiental

Armand de Mestral, Professor emeritus
Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration, McGill University

Jennifer A. Haverkamp, Former Special Representative for Environment and Water Resources
US Department of State

Roundtable discussion between invited experts, JPAC members and audience (in-person + online)

Roundtable discussion 3
The road forward for the CEC and the NAAEC

Konstantia Koutouki, Associate Professor
Université de Montréal Faculty of Law

David A. Gantz, Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona

Carlos Véjar, Senior Counsel
Holland & Knight

Roundtable discussion between invited experts, JPAC members and audience (in-person + online)

Wrap-up discussion with experts and members of the audience (in-person + online)

Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee Representatives

César Rafael Chávez, CEC Executive Director and Robert Varney, JPAC Chair
Concluding remarks

Agenda

Thursday, 9 November 2017 (Central Time)

8:00–9:00

Registration of participants

9:00–9:05
Michigan Avenue room

Opening and welcoming remarks

Robert Varney
JPAC Chair

9:05–10:00

Presentation

César Rafael Chávez
CEC Executive Director
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10:00–10:15

Break

10:15–12:00
Michigan Avenue room

Roundtable discussion 1 – The roles of the NAAEC and of the CEC: original intent and evolution over the last 23 years

This roundtable will include a discussion of the original intent behind the NAAEC and of the CEC, including an analysis of the evolution of CEC activities over the last two decades.

Guiding questions:

  • What was the rationale behind the drafting of the NAAEC? What are its core principles and elements?
  • How have  trilateral environmental cooperation and the CEC priority areas evolved over time?

 

Gustavo Alanís-Ortega (Moderator)
JPAC member

Víctor Lichtinger
Coordinador General de Gabinete y Planeación,
Gobierno de Michoacán
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John J. Kirton
Director, G7 Research Group,
Munk School of Global Affairs,
University of Toronto
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Daniel Magraw
Professorial Lecturer,
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies


Roundtable discussion between invited experts, JPAC members and audience (in-person + online)

12:00–13:00
Grand Avenue room

Lunch [provided]

13:00–14:45
Michigan Avenue room

Roundtable discussion 2 – Assessing the impacts of the CEC and the NAAEC to date

This roundtable will address the role of the CEC and its constituent bodies in delivering the objectives of Article 1 of the NAAEC, and will consider the impacts of key CEC initiatives in North America. The roundtable will also look at other international agreements related to trade and the environment and propose potential actions that could facilitate the objectives of the NAAEC.

Guiding questions:

  • How have CEC activities delivered on the objectives of NAAEC Article 1?   Are there potential actions that could improve the CEC’s capacity to deliver on these objectives?
  • Are there lessons to be drawn from other environment and trade agreements? Are there ways to reconcile elements from more recent agreements with the CEC’s institutional context?
  • What have been the CEC’s impacts on the North American environment, and on businesses and communities?

 

Felicia Marcus (Moderator)
JPAC member

Armand de Mestral
Professor emeritus, Jean Monnet
Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration,
McGill University

Raquel Gutiérrez Nájera
Director,
Instituto de Derecho Ambiental
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Jennifer A. Haverkamp
Former Special Representative for Environment and Water Resources,
US Department of State


Roundtable discussion between invited experts, JPAC members and audience (in-person + online)

14:45–15:00

Break

15:00–16:45
Michigan Avenue room

Roundtable discussion 3 – The road forward for the CEC and the NAAEC

This roundtable will discuss how to strengthen and integrate the core objectives of the NAAEC into a revitalized NAFTA, including opportunities for a modernized CEC in the context of future trilateral cooperation on trade and environment.

Guiding questions:

  • In light of the ongoing NAFTA negotiations, how might the CEC’s institutions be modernized to maintain their relevance in the context of a new agreement? How can the public continue to be engaged on issues of trade and the environment?

 

Sabaa Khan (Moderator)
JPAC member

Konstantia Koutouki
Associate Professor,
Université de Montréal Faculty of Law

David A. Gantz
Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law,
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
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Carlos Véjar
Senior Counsel,
Holland & Knight
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Roundtable discussion between invited experts, JPAC members and audience (in-person + online)

16:45–17:10

Wrap-up discussion with experts and members of the audience (in-person + online)

17:10–17:20

Report from the National and Governmental Advisory Committee Representatives

17:20–17:30

Concluding remarks by César Rafael Chávez, CEC Executive Director and Robert Varney, JPAC Chair