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Agenda for Council 2012 in New Orleans announced

Don’t miss the chance to talk to your country’s environment minister about community and ecosystem resilience

Montreal, 20 June 2012—The CEC has announced new details on the upcoming 2012 CEC Council Session: Community and Ecosystem Resilience in North America featuring a public dialogue with Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent, Mexico’s Environment Secretary Juan Elvira Quesada, and US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

Running from July 9 to 11, the Council Session kicks off with a two-day workshop on Resilient Communities in North America, hosted by the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC).

On July 11, the three cabinet-level environment ministers will participate in two open dialogues, both of which will be webcast live. The first will feature a discussion with North American community groups taking action on environmental issues locally, including a pollution mitigation project in Lake Chapala, Mexico, and a climate change adaptation project involving indigenous communities in Canada and the United States.

During the second dialogue, ministers will discuss community and ecosystem resilience with students and researchers from all three countries to exchange ideas on issues ranging from climate adaptation to sustainable urban communities. This open dialogue will feature questions posed to the national policymakers by the audience or via liveblog and e-mail.

Watch the conference live via webcast at www.cec.org/webcast and join the discussion through our liveblog. Send in your questions and comments today via Twitter (@CEC web) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/CECconnect). Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtags #communities and #CEC12.

View the full agenda for the 2012 Council Session and register here.

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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