Montreal, 4 March 2020—The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) will be requesting public input on the CEC’s draft 2021–2025 Strategic Plan via the CEC website from March 16 to April 2, 2020.
In addition, on 23 March 2020, JPAC will host a livestreamed consultation from Montreal in partnership with McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy. Members of the public can participate in the session via livestream at www.cec.org/livestream and send in their comments using #JPAC2020 on sli.do.
“The new Environmental Cooperation Agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States marks a renewed commitment from our three countries to work together on environmental issues of continental concern. Strong public participation is at the core of success in these efforts and I encourage members of the public to submit their comments and views,” said Bob Varney, Chair of the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee.
The CEC’s Strategic Plan outlines key priorities for environmental cooperation in North America. It is focused on priorities established by the CEC Council, composed of the highest-level federal environmental authorities (cabinet level or equivalent) from Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The draft full text of the CEC’s 2021–2025 Strategic Plan and public consultation page will be announced and available on the CEC’s website as of 16 March 2020.
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.