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Save the Date! #CEC31 To Be Held 24–26 June 2024, in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), 21 February 2024 — Mark your calendars for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)’s 31st annual Council Session and Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Public Forum, taking place 24–26 June 2024, in Wilmington, North Carolina, under the theme “Strengthening Environmental Justice through Community Empowerment.”

For 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. Since July 2020, these trinational efforts have continued through the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, alongside the trilateral CUSMA/USMCA agreement.

Each year, the CEC convenes the top environmental officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States to engage with the public in a dialogue on pressing environmental issues facing our region. This year, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan will host his counterparts, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Secretary María Luisa Albores González of Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

The CEC’s JPAC will kick off the three-day event by hosting a Public Forum on 24 June, which will offer public participants from the three countries the opportunity to engage in a dialogue on critical environmental issues and share their perspectives within the framework of the event.

Throughout #CEC31, participants can learn from and engage with subject matter experts, business leaders, youth, Indigenous and community leaders, and others advancing trilateral cooperation to conserve, protect and enhance North America’s essential biodiversity and natural resources. Remote and in-person participants will also hear from the CEC Council during the Council Public Session on 26 June.

The 2024 CEC Council Session and JPAC Public Forum are open to the public and both will be live streamed with simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish. The agenda and registration details will be announced in April 2024.

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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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