Montreal, 29 January 2020—Mark your calendars for the annual Council Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on June 26 and the Joint Public Advisory Committee public forum on 25 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, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, plans to host 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 the day before the ministerial meeting.
Throughout the two days, participants can learn from and engage with subject matter experts, business leaders, youth, Indigenous leaders 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 April 2020.