Montreal, 25 May 2020—Mark your calendars for the annual Council Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and the Joint Public Advisory Committee public forum on 26 June 2020. For the past twenty-five years, the Governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States have worked together through the CEC on shared environmental priorities.
Each year, North American environmental officials meet together with the public to discuss pressing environmental issues facing the region. This year, on June 26, , Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, plans to host virtually his counterparts, Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Víctor Manuel Toledo and United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
At this year’s Council Session, a new strategic plan for the CEC will be endorsed that will guide environmental cooperation between Canada, Mexico and the United States for the next five years. As is customary, the Joint Public Advisory Committee will host a public forum in the morning.
Throughout the day, participants can learn from and engage with subject matter experts, and other stakeholders focused on enhancing trilateral cooperation to conserve and protect North America’s unique biodiversity and natural resources.
The 2020 CEC Council Session and JPAC public forum are open to the public and both will be live-streamed in English, French and Spanish at www.cec.org/livestream. Agenda and registration details will be announced in June 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.