Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) to Meet Today- By Lauren Campbell

Today, EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, will attend the 19th Annual Council for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC); also in attendance, the Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent and Mexican Environment Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada. The meeting will be held in New Orleans La at the La Salle Ballroom located in the Intercontinental Hotel.

The CEC, created in 1994, is an international organization established by the US, Canada, and Mexico under the North American Agreement onEnvironmental Cooperation (NAAEC).  To date, the CEC has promoted citizen engagement and has helped increased government accountability regarding environmental enforcement. They have also been instrumental in chemical management and conservation of biodiversity in the US and have built substantial environmental capacities, particularly in Mexico.

Jackson will lead the discussion on the challenges facing the environmental situation in North America, as well as, the CEC’s continuing efforts to tackle these challenges. Discussions will also concentrate on establishing more efficient processes for citizen submissions on enforcement matters; hoping to support healthier, stronger communities and ecosystem resilience.

The meeting will be held from 1:45-4:45 pm CDT and can be viewed live by the public. 

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