Montreal, 17 March 2022—Mark your calendars for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)’s 29th annual Council Session and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) public forum, to be held 14-15 July 2022. For nearly 30 years, the Governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States have worked together through the CEC to conserve, protect, and enhance the North American environment.
Each year, the CEC convenes the top environmental officials of Canada, Mexico and the United States and invites the public to engage in a dialogue on pressing environmental issues facing our region. This year, Secretary María Luisa Albores González of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources Mexico (SEMARNAT) will host her counterparts, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan and Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault. As is customary, the JPAC will host a Public Forum the day before the ministerial meeting, which will showcase community-led environmental education efforts across North America, and will also feature an intergenerational roundtable, offering young leaders from the three countries the opportunity to engage in a dialogue on critical environmental issues, and share their perspectives within the framework of the Council Public Session.
Throughout the two days, participants can learn from and engage with subject matter experts, business leaders, youth, Indigenous and community leaders, and other stakeholders focused on enhancing trilateral cooperation to conserve, protect and enhance North America’s unique biodiversity and natural resources. Remote and in-person participants will also hear from the CEC Council on community-led environmental education experiences for sustainable development.
The 2022 CEC Council Session and JPAC Public Forum are open to the public and both will be live streamed in English, French and Spanish. The agenda and registration details will be announced in April 2022.
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.