Participate in a public forum at the Council session in person or via webcast
Montreal, 3 February 2015—On 14–15 July 2015, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will host her counterparts from Canada and Mexico in Boston, Massachusetts, for the annual Regular Session of the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).
The Council, which is the CEC’s governing body and is composed of cabinet-level environmental authorities from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, meets each year in regular session on its agenda for environmental cooperation in North America. Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Juan José Guerra Abud and Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq will join Administrator McCarthy for this July’s Council Session.
This year’s meeting will feature a public forum on July 14, hosted by the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), to obtain feedback on North American environmental issues. The Council Session on July 15 will include a public session headed by the three environment ministers. It is open to the public and will be webcast live at http://www.cec.org/webcast.
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.