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Sound Management of Chemicals . Executive Director’s Overview. Sound Management of Chemicals Working Group and Stakeholders San Antonio, Texas March 31, 2009. Commission for Environmental Cooperation. CEC Chemicals Program. Three National Environment Ministers.

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Sound management of chemicals

Sound Management of Chemicals

Executive Director’s Overview

Sound Management

of Chemicals Working

Group and Stakeholders

San Antonio, Texas

March 31, 2009

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

CEC Chemicals Program

Three National



Commission for



Joint Public



Trade and


Chemicals Program


Sound Management



Monitoring and

Assessing Pollutants

Across NA

Hazardous Waste

and Enforcement

SEM Unit



PRTR, Air Quality

NA Atlas, SoE



New Directions

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

North American Environmental Strategy Development Today

  • Turbulence, uncertainty predominate

  • Conflicting priorities for government

  • Climate change, economic crisis, energy issues

  • Currently no clear vision

  • Need to be alert for changing agendas

  • Identify and seize opportunities

  • Understand trade implications

  • Partner with global priorities

  • Reality check… no job, no money, no home

  • Does human health/environment become less

  • of a priority?

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Questions Shaping Today’s Environmental Agenda

Priority One: Economy/Energy/Climate

Economic Stimulus/Energy/Climate Change

Impact on environmental priorities?

Can “green” survive?

US and Canada bilateral priority:

How will energy supply (oil sands/coal) and carbon challenges emerge?

Role for trilateral cooperation agendas?

Ambitious goals to reduce GHG by 2020

Opportunities for regional cooperation,

policy coordination?

Post-Kyoto regime

Role for market-based strategies?

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Questions Shaping Today’s Environmental Agenda

Secondary Priority? Environment/Sustainability

  • Free trade and the environment

  • What are implications of re-opening


  • Global conventions and agreements

  • Does NA environmental management have

  • a role?

  • CEC’s role in capacity building

  • Can capacity building be sustained?

  • Capacity building beyond technical to strategic

  • North American (chemical) security

  • What role does the trilateral initiative have?

  • SPP’s Statement of Intent on Chemicals Cooperation

  • CEC SMOC as a delivery tool

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Possible Directions for the CEC

  • 1. Engage in the process of closing the 2005-2010 cycle.

  • 2. Focus on benefits for Small and Medium Enterprises

    • greening industrial processes

    • energy efficiency, and

    • life-cycle approach

  • with a perspective on the competitiveness of NA

  • Re-evaluate capacity building efforts and

  • incorporate a regional perspective.

  • 4. Expert’s participation in strategic considerations

    • in line with regional/global challenges

    • in coordination with global directions for the CEC

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

CEC Initiatives

  • 1. Assist the Parties in formulating a strong political message

    • on NAFTA and the Environment

    • on regional risk reduction

    • on extra-regional influence (GRULAC)

  • 2. Explore, with Party experts, opportunities to align CEC

    • with Economic stimulus packages

    • with climate change priorities

    • with energy agenda

  • 3. Re-kindle opportunities on environmental health of children

  • 4. Actively pursue public participation

    • as an asset to constructing a NA view

    • including the SEM process.

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

The Legacy of the CEC’s SMOC Program

  • Provides validated information for appropriate decisions

    • Emphasizing sustained infrastructure

  • Opens door for establishing and maintaining regional centers of excellence (GRULAC, UNEP)

    • Inter/intra laboratory validation and certification (ISO17025)

    • Scientific credibility

    • Support from outside funding for sustainability

  • Case study for other regional/global initiatives


    • GLBTS, La Paz, New England/Eastern Canada agenda

  • Outstanding successes of NARAPs

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

CEC SMOC ProgramThe Next Generation

  • Foundation development with a finite life span

    • encourage sustainable infrastructure for NA priorities

  • Strategic linkages with other regional/global chemical management initiatives


  • Pre-empt reactive mode for chemical risk management

  • monitor and assess for prevention

  • Promote the “green” agenda for sectors

  • use economic stimulus as catalyst

  • Academic and officials exchange programs

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Muchas Gracias


Thank you

Felipe Adrián Vázquez-Gálvez

[email protected]

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Three countries.

One environment.

© Commission for Environmental Cooperation / 2009