COMMISSION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION
THREE COUNTRIES WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT OUR SHARED ENVIRONMENT
Public forum and dialog with environment ministers on improving environmental health of communities and ecosystems—join the discussion July 10–11: www.cec.org/council2012
Montreal, 7 May 2012—New Orleans, home to jazz and Mardi Gras but also the locale of major environmental disasters Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will host this year’s Council meeting of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).
It’s a fitting place for US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to welcome her colleagues from Canada and Mexico, not simply because New Orleans is her hometown, but because it’s an example of how North America’s communities must adapt and be resilient to a changing environment.
Each year the CEC’s Council—the federal environment ministers from the NAFTA region: Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent, Mexico’s Environment Secretary Juan Elvira Quesada and Administrator Jackson—meets to discuss their agenda for environmental cooperation in North America.
This year’s meeting will feature two public sessions with Council members on July 11: one, a discussion with community leaders taking action on environmental issues in their cities and towns; the other, a public forum dialog with university students and others interested in North America’s environmental issues. This forum will be open for those who may participate in New Orleans or online via live blog and social media networks.
Prior to these sessions, the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee will host a special forum and workshop on community and ecosystem resiliency. Participants will tackle questions related to environmental justice, ecosystem conservation, urban planning and adaptation to climate change. Your ideas and innovative approaches will provide models for how communities across North America can take action.
North American Environment Fair
New this year, the North American Environment Fair will be a chance to meet some of the CEC's community-based project partners, including grant recipients under the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA). The fair will be an opportunity to enquire, network, and interact with partners, as well as to consult recent CEC information, including interactive maps and data from the North American Environmental Atlas. Don't miss this chance to find out more about cooperative environmental initiatives across Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Find out more about all of these events and register today to participate either in person or online at www.cec.org/council2012. Attendance at the meetings is open to the public and free of charge. A live blog and webcast will also be available for those who can’t make it to New Orleans.
About the CEC
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is an intergovernmental organization established by Canada, Mexico and the United States to implement the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), the environmental side accord to NAFTA. The CEC supports cooperation among the NAFTA partners to address environmental issues of continental concern, including the environmental challenges and opportunities presented by continent-wide free trade.
This event is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment, 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.