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On 13 June, Join Our Webinar: The CEC and its Public and Community Engagement Mechanisms

Mark your calendar for an introductory webinar on the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and its mechanisms for public participation, community engagement and transparency.

Offered as part of the Communities for Environmental Justice Network (CEJN) project, this webinar is open to members of the public interested in a general overview of the organization and its work related to environmental justice in the lead up to the 2024 Council Session.

The introductory webinar will present the CEC’s history, mission, structure and strategic priorities. The presentation will emphasize Indigenous engagement and the vital role of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in projects and through the work of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Expert Group (TEKEG). It will also feature the CEC public engagement mechanisms, including the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), the Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process, and community science and youth engagement opportunities.

The webinar will provide an overview of the work undertaken by the CEC to strengthen environmental justice through its grant programs to support community environmental action and climate resilience across North America, as well as the upcoming Council Session on “Strengthening Environmental Justice through Community Empowerment.”

Date: 13 June 2024
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

This webinar will be delivered in English, with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish and French.

The CEJN project aims to create a network of communities that have environmental justice concerns, in order to increase local capacity through the amplification and dissemination of community-based expertise, lessons learned, and guidance in the context of climate change.

Through the Network, participating members will contribute to the facilitation of learning and knowledge exchange processes, in particular traditional knowledge and practices, and develop resources with the goal of strengthening the climate adaptation, mitigation and other capacity building of Indigenous, local, and vulnerable communities in Canada, Mexico and the United States. Learn more about the project here.

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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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