Mexico City, Jul 14 (EFE) .- The environmental ministers of North America began a meeting this Thursday in Yucatan, in the Mexican southeast, to review the commitments of Mexico, the United States and Canada, according to the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).
The head of Semarnat, María Luisa Albores, will receive Michael Regan, administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Steven Guilbeault, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change of Canada (ECCC).
This will be the first face-to-face meeting since 2019 of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), made up of the three governments, and “will serve to reaffirm the commitment” to “preserve, protect and improve the environment of North America, while establishes shared priorities and concrete actions”.
The meeting is also the 29th annual session of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Council and Public Forum, with the theme of “Popular Environmental Education for Sustainable Development”, created to “promote dialogue and knowledge sharing” between groups such as indigenous peoples, local communities, youth and entrepreneurs.
The CEC is an intergovernmental organization that was established in 1994 through an environmental agreement parallel to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Since 2020, under the new Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC), it is governed by the new Environmental Cooperation Agreement (AEC).
“The format of the event will be hybrid to open the opportunity for communities from all over North America to participate and interact remotely with face-to-face attendees in Merida,” Semarnat said.
The meeting of the environmental managers of the three governments occurs a week after the meeting of the T-MEC economy and trade ministers in Canada, where “concerns” were expressed about Mexico’s energy policy, which bets on fossil fuels from state companies.
In addition, the protection of the vaquita marina in Baja California and illegal logging have also drawn the attention of the United States.
Meanwhile, in Mexico, civil associations have asked the government to pressure the United States to protect the right whale, an endangered species, and Canada to control the environmental impact of mining companies in the country.
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