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Media Release

Help shape the environmental agenda for North America

Montreal, 18/11/2009 – The Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) invites you to join a discussion to help define the environmental priorities the CEC will address in the next five years.

Through an online forum now open on Facebook and the CEC’s website, as well as during a live webcast of a round-table discussion that will include experts from each country on Tuesday, 1 December, participants can pose questions and follow the debate on key North American environmental issues.

The themes of the discussion will follow three overarching priorities selected by the CEC’s Council of Ministers in June 2009-Healthy Communities and Ecosystems, Climate Change-Low-Carbon Economy, and Greening the Economy in North America. Through short presentations, a group of North American environmental experts will help lead discussion of those priorities and participants will identify key elements for JPAC’s consideration of the CEC’s work over the next five years.

Among those invited to participate in the round table discussion are Carlos Muñoz Piña, Director General for Research in Politics and Environment (INE), Jeff Schott, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and David Brackett, President of D. Brackett Consulting Inc. For each of the priorities, the group will address questions, including:

  • What are the most important environmental challenges facing Canada, Mexico and the United States?
  • What are the most important opportunities for actions achievable within five years?
  • How can these actions be advanced through trilateral cooperation?

Visit our web page to get more information and submit questions to the presenters. We’re using Facebook to facilitate this discussion. You can also use the Facebook page to discuss the questions posed above. If you’re not a Facebook member already, you’ll be offered the chance to quickly sign up for free.

Proceedings will be webcast live on December 1 beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST/8:30 a.m. MST. A limited number of participants will be able to participate in person at the event in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Registration requests must be received before November 26.

For more information, contact JPAC Liaison Marcela Orozco at morozco@cec.org.

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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