The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has appointed César Rafael Chávez as executive director of the CEC Secretariat. Chávez’s three-year term as CEC executive director is effective from Jan. 16.
Irasema Coronado, who has completed her three-year mandate as executive director, is returning to her academic position in the Department of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso.
The CEC Council members – Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, Mexico’s Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, and US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy – welcomed Chávez to his new position at the CEC Secretariat.
Chávez has more than 25 years of experience in the environmental field. He was formerly Director General of Environmental Policy and Regional and Sectorial Integration at Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).
He has a master’s degree in urban development and regional planning from the University of Edinburgh, is a graduate of the program in Advanced Studies on Environment and Sustainable Development (LEAD-México) at El Colegio de México, and pursued PhD studies in environmental urban history at the Universidad Iberoamericana.
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is an intergovernmental organization that supports the cooperative environmental agenda of Canada, Mexico, and the US to green North America’s economy, address climate change by promoting a low-carbon economy, and protect its environment and the health of its citizens. The CEC is composed of three bodies: a Council, representing the governments of the three member countries, a Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) that advises the Council and serves as a liaison with the public, and a Secretariat that supports the Council and JPAC and prepares independent reports. The CEC brings together governments, civil society, and businesses to develop North American solutions to global environmental challenges.
CEC initiatives are undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada; the Government of the United States of America, through the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Government of the United States of Mexico, through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales.