Media Advisory - NAFTA Environment Ministers Meet in Ottawa



    MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The environment ministers of the three
NAFTA partners-Canadian Environment Minister John Baird, Mexican Secretary for
Environment and Natural Resources, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, and US
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen L. Johnson-will meet
next week, on 26 June, in Ottawa.
    On the agenda will be a discussion of NAFTA and the North American
environment, as well as a review of progress on environmental cooperation
among the three countries.
    The three ministers form the Council of the Commission for Environmental
Cooperation (CEC), an organization created in accord with NAFTA to promote
cooperation to protect North America's shared environment, prevent potential
trade and environmental conflict, and promote the enforcement of environmental
law.
    The previous day, the CEC's Joint Public Advisory Committee will hold a
one-day conference to discuss North America's environmental future. North
America 2030: An Environmental Outlook will bring together a dozen leading
international experts to explore topics encompassing the challenge for North
America from global environmental change, the environmental impacts of
continued growth and integration of the NAFTA partners, and issues of food,
energy and environmental security.
    Both events will be webcast live. More information is available at:
www.cec.org/council.

    
    Who:      Canadian Environment Minister John Baird, Mexican Secretary for
              Environment and Natural Resources, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada,
              and US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
              Stephen L. Johnson.

              Experts on North American environmental issues, including
              Thomas Homer-Dixon, George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and
              Conflict Studies, University of Toronto, and members of the
              Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    What:     Fifteenth Regular Session of the CEC Council and North America
              2030: An Environmental Outlook conference.

    Where:    Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street, Ottawa

    When:     25-26 June, starting at 8:50 a.m. EDT
    




For further information:

For further information: CEC Media Officer Eduardo Viadas, (514)
350-4331, eviadas@cec.org

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