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Media Release

Environment Ministers of Canada, Mexico, United States to Meet in Mérida, Mexico for #CEC29, 14-15 July 2022

Montreal, 12 July 2022 — The Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) 29th annual Council Session and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum return this year in a hybrid format, taking place in person in Mérida, Mexico as well as virtually, on 14 and 15 July 2022.

Media are invited to attend #CEC29, under the theme “Community-led Environmental Education for Sustainable Development.” The top North American environmental officials, alongside environmental experts, community groups and youth leaders, will meet to discuss the latest developments in shared environmental priorities and set the agenda to drive regional solutions for a more sustainable and equitable future.

The CEC Council Members are María Luisa Albores González, Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Michael S. Regan, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.

Media are invited to attend the following #CEC29 events, either in person or virtually: 

14 July 2022

  • Joint Public Advisory Committee Public Forum on Environmental Education (14:30 Central Time) – Forum and moderated Q&A on “Stories and Lessons Learned from North American Communities and Youth.”
  • Intergenerational Roundtable on (17:30 Central Time) – Roundtable and moderated Q&A on “Living Under Crises: Sharing Knowledge to Generate Opportunities for the Creation of More Sustainable Communities.”

15 July 2022

  • Council Public Session on Community-led Environmental Education for Sustainable Development (15:00 Central Time) – Dialogue with the Council on Community-led Environmental Education for Sustainable Development, and presentations by the winners of the CEC’s annual Youth Innovation Challenge, trilateral announcements and signing of the Ministerial Statement.

#CEC29 will be livestreamed with simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish. Register now for #CEC29.
Media are invited to pose questions for all public sessions via Slido, using #CEC29 as the event code.

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Tonissen

Vedika Daswani

Maria Michalos
202 815 7547

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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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