The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) announced that its annual meeting will take place on June 26, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the past 25 years, the Governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States (US) have worked together on shared environmental priorities.

Each year North American environmental officials meet with the public to discuss pressing environmental issues facing the region. This year, 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 US 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 US for the next five years. As is customary, the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) will host a public forum the day before the ministerial meeting, on June 25.

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 CEC was established through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, the environmental side agreement to North American Free Trade Agreement.

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

Agenda and registration details will be announced in April 2020. For further information, click here.

Featured image from the CEC.

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