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Join the CEC Council Session in New Orleans in 2012

Mark your calendar today to join the discussion on North American environmental cooperation

Montreal, 15 November 2011—Next July 10-11, US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will host her environmental counterparts from Canada and Mexico for the Nineteenth Regular Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council.

This session offers a unique chance for the public to hear from and interact with North America’s top environmental authorities as well as experts from across the continent working on collaborative projects to ensure healthy communities and ecosystems, address climate change by moving toward a low-carbon economy and supporting efforts to green North America’s economy.

Every year the CEC Council, composed of the cabinet-level environment ministers from the NAFTA region—Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent, Mexico’s Environment Secretary Juan Elvira Quesada and Administrator Jackson—meets to discuss challenges and identify opportunities for enhancing environmental cooperation in North America.

Attendance at the meetings is open to public and free of charge. A live webcast will also be available for those who can’t make it to New Orleans.

Mark your calendar today and don’t miss the chance to make a statement (in person or via YouTube video) to the CEC Council on any issue related to the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation or CEC projects.

Additional information, including a preliminary agenda detailing public events, will soon be published online via the CEC’s website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @CECweb.

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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