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CEC advisory committee invites you to mark 20th anniversary of NAFTA & the NAAEC in Washington, DC

How well is North America dealing with trade and environment after 20 years of NAFTA?

Montreal, 16 September 2013 — Since the call for comments was launched a few months ago, we’ve heard from indigenous groups, conservationists, anti-pollution activists, researchers, industry and more, on whether environmental cooperation across our borders has been successful or has fallen short over the last 20 years, and what future collaboration should look like.

The CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) welcomes one and all to come to Washington, DC, on 17 and 18 October, to debate and contribute to the advice they will draft to North America’s three environment ministers.


Thursday, 17 October, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 18 October, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon


George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street NW
Washington, DC

JPAC would like to thank the many people who have sent comments to mark the 20th anniversary of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.

To view a selection of comments received thus far, consult the meeting agenda or submit comments, visit www.cec.org/20years.

With new free trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), in negotiation all around the globe, there is no better time to reflect on the ideas that led to the creation of the CEC in 1994, considered by many as the first time international trading partners addressed concerns that free trade might harm the environment.

JPAC invites written contributions of information and comments relevant to the first 20 years of NAFTA and the NAAEC to be sent to: jpac@cec.org, or submitted online.

Join the conversation online before and during the event via Twitter (follow @CECweb) using #CEC20 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CECconnect.

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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