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Media Release

Agenda for 16 August JPAC public forum now available

Montreal, 7 July 2010 – The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America is pleased to invite you to the 17th ordinary session of its Council and related events, to be held 16-17 August 2010 in the city of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.

The event’s public activities will kick off on 16 August with a forum on healthy communities and ecosystems in North America, organized by the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC).

Attendance at these meetings is open to all and is free of charge, subject to space available. Nonprofit organizations and individuals seeking financial support to cover travel and lodging expenses may request funding on the early registration form.

Please note that persons interested in making a presentation to the Council must state their interest in the space provided on the form, providing a written summary (no more than one page) of the presentation, indicating the opinions or questions they wish to bring before the Council. Note also that, in order to allow presentations by the greatest number of participants possible, presentations will be limited to five minutes.

Those unable to attend the session may participate from afar, as both meetings will be webcast on the CEC website. This year, presentations to the Council may even be made via YouTube. The applicable guidelines for such video presentations are the same required for presentations in person; however, interested parties must also provide a link (URL) to a video posted on YouTube.

The new deadline for early registration and to submit requests for financial support is14 July 2010. Persons selected to make a presentation to the CEC Council will be notified by 23 July.

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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