United States, Mexico, and Canada Conclude Successful Negotiations on a Trilateral Agreement on Environmental Cooperation

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 30, 2018

The United States of America, Mexico, and Canada have completed negotiations on a new environmental cooperation agreement. The Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (ECA) among the Governments of the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada builds upon the long history of trilateral cooperation among the three countries and was negotiated in parallel with the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada (USMCA), which was signed earlier today.

The ECA will take effect upon entry into force of the USMCA, and will modernize and enhance the effectiveness of environmental cooperation between the parties, including by supporting implementation of the strengthened environmental commitments in the USMCA. Through the ECA, the United States, Mexico, and Canada will have the opportunity to work together to reduce pollution, strengthen environmental governance, conserve biological diversity, and sustainably manage natural resources.

The ECA will supersede the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), which has resulted in two decades of achievements relating to cross border environmental issues. The United States will continue to play a leadership role and will participate in the trilateral environment Council.

The text of the ECA can be found here: https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/287944.pdf and https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/commission-environmental-cooperation-cec

For more information, contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov and follow the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs on Twitter @StateDeptOES.