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United States, Mexico, and Canada Hold the Second Meeting of the Environment Committee under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

September 23, 2022

MEXICO CITY - The United States, Mexico, and Canada today held the second meeting of the Environment Committee under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Mexico City, Mexico.  Assistant United States Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources Kelly Milton led the delegation on behalf of the U.S. government.

During the meeting, each Party highlighted recent USMCA implementation achievements, including enhanced environmental law enforcement cooperation and monitoring and enforcement activities. The Committee discussed opportunities for further collaboration, including increased efforts to tackle marine litter challenges, supporting circular economy approaches, and ensuring full implementation of the USMCA Environment chapter commitments.  

The Committee also received a presentation from the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Secretariat on current cooperation activities and priorities, as well as an update on public Submissions for Enforcement Matters (SEMs).  The SEM process is a cornerstone of public participation and engagement within the USMCA Environment chapter.

The Environment Committee held a public session, which benefitted from wide participation from diverse civil society and private sector representatives.  The public session reflected all three countries’ commitment to maintaining an open dialogue and participatory process regarding USMCA implementation.  The session also provided an opportunity for members of the public to offer comments and ask questions, both in person and online. 

The United States, Mexico, and Canada have issued a Joint Statement regarding the Committee meeting.