The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (“CEC”) is an international organization created by Canada, Mexico and U.S. under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (“NAAEC”). The CEC was established to address regional environmental concerns, to prevent potential trade and environmental conflicts, and to promote the effective enforcement of environmental law. The main aim of CEC is to facilitate collaboration and public participation to foster conservation, protection and enhancement of the North American environment for the benefit of present and future generations, to increase economic trade, and social links among Canada, Mexico, and U.S.
CEC consists of a council, a secretariat and a joint public advisory committee. Council acts as the governing body composed of high level authorities from Canada, Mexico and U.S. It oversees the implementation of NAAEC and serves as a forum for discussing environmental matters and meets at least once in a year. Joint public advisory committee advices council on any matter which comes under the purview of NAAEC. It comprises of 15 citizens representing five from each country. Secretariat is headed by an executive director and it provides technical, administrative and operational support to the council and support to working groups upon the direction of council.