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Economist Dr. Pedro Moctezuma Barragán to lead the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee

Montreal, 20 January 2021—We are pleased to announce that leading Mexican academic Dr. Pedro Moctezuma Barragán will chair the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) for 2021.

Dr. Moctezuma is an economist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, with a PhD in Planning and Development from the Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies at the University of Liverpool, England. He is also currently Coordinator of the Research Program for Sustainability and a member of the board of directors at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM). His experience includes activism on water, environment and community issues and he has published more than 60 academic books and papers.

Moctezuma will chair the CEC’s advisory committee in the coming year as it holds public consultations in the three countries on pressing environmental matters of regional interest, including the CEC’s new Operational Plan and the future work of the CEC under the new trilateral trade agreement and accompanying Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA).

“With the new agreements in force, Canada, Mexico and the United States have entered a new era of cooperation through the CEC. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow JPAC members to ensure public engagement in priority-setting and strategic planning for the CEC remains a foundational element for the international organization in 2021 and beyond,” said Moctezuma.

Following its public consultations, JPAC provides advice to the CEC Council, made up of North America’s top environmental officials. JPAC is composed of nine citizen volunteers (three from each country) and advises the Council on any matter within the scope of the ECA.

The JPAC Chair is elected for a one-year term and by rotation from among the three countries’ members. JPAC meets throughout the year in different North American locations, typically in conjunction with CEC events.

Farewell to our former JPAC members

We’d like to say farewell to the following outgoing JPAC members: Gustavo Alanís-Ortega, Adriana Nelly Correa, Barbara Hernández Ramírez, Paola Hernández Villalvazo and Adrián Lozano Garza. We would like to express our appreciation for their dedication and numerous contributions.

Thank you for your service and support to the CEC over the years!

For more information about the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee, visit www.cec.org/jpac.

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Dr. Pedro Moctezuma Barragán, JPAC Chair for 2021

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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