To celebrate, the
Commission on Environmental Cooperation's Joint Public
Advisory Committee (JPAC) is collecting information and comments on
the first 20 years, for use in a 20th anniversary discussion
17–18 October 2013, in Washington, DC. The CEC says:
"Trade and environment experts, including activists,
government officials and academics, will reflect on the successes
and shortcomings of the agreement, and how or whether trade
liberalization can continue to coexist with strong environmental
The NAAEC was signed and the Commission for Environmental
Cooperation (CEC) created in response to concerns that free trade
might harm the environment by encouraging the creation of pollution
havens because of lax environmental standards or ineffective
environmental law enforcement. With new free trade agreements, such
as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), in negotiation all around
the globe, there is no better time to reflect on the ideas that led
to the creation of the CEC in 1994, considered by many as the first
time international trading partners addressed concerns that free
trade might harm the environment.
Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), which provides advice
to the federal-level environment ministers in Canada, Mexico and
the US, would like to hear from the North American public about
their experiences, insights, opinions and perspectives on free
trade and the environment:
What are the environmental successes of the NAAEC and
Where have the provisions of those agreements fallen
And where they have, does the problem lie in the agreements
themselves or in their implementation?
Is the CEC achieving the goals for which it was created?
Are those goals adequate in face of ongoing environmental
challenges in North America?
Have the NAAEC and the environmental provisions of NAFTA
adequately addressed environmental concerns related to free trade
in North America?
How could implementation of the NAAEC and the environmental
provisions of NAFTA be improved?
Are there important topics the CEC has failed to tackle over
the past 20 years?
In light of the past 20 years, on what priorities should the
CEC focus in the next 10 years and beyond?
JPAC invites written contributions of information and comments
addressing one or more of these questions, or providing other
information relevant to the first 20 years of NAFTA and the NAAEC,
to be sent to: email@example.com, or submitted online here. The due date
for contributions is 30 August 2013."
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