Meetings of the U.S.-Colombia Environmental Affairs Council and Environmental Cooperation Commission
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Governments of the United States and Colombia will hold the first meetings of the Environmental Affairs Council and the Environmental Cooperation Commission December 18-19, 2013. The Council and Commission were created through the United States - Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Environment Chapter and the associated United States-Colombia Environmental Cooperation Agreement, respectively.
A public information session for the Council and Commission will be held on December 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Department of State. The press is invited to attend the public session, which will include the signing of the 2014-2017 Environmental Cooperation Agreement Work Program.
Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and Jennifer Prescott, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the United States Trade Representative, will be joined by Dr. Pablo Vieira Samper, Colombia’s Vice Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development and Luis Felipe Quintero Suarez, Director of Trade Relations, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, in delivering remarks.
This session will provide an opportunity for the public to participate in a discussion with government officials about implementation of the Environment Chapter of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement as well as the status of cooperative environmental activities.