Meetings in Montreal, Quebec, will feature public forum
Montreal, 16 March 2011—The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America will hold the Eighteenth Regular Session of its Council and related events on 21-22 June 2011, in Montreal, Canada.
The CEC Council—Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent, Mexican Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Juan Elvira Quesada, and US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson—will discuss environmental issues of common concern and provide direction on the CEC’s work program.
Public events will begin on 21 June, with a forum organized by the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee on a topic to be announced. JPAC members—five citizens appointed by each country—will consider the results of this forum in any future advice they may provide to the Council.
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.