Meetings of the U.S.-Colombia Environmental Affairs Council and Environmental Cooperation Commission

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 17, 2013

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.

Due to space limitations, only writers and still photographers may attend the public session.

The public session is open to the press from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, December 19. Press should arrive by 9 a.m. at the 23rd Street entrance of the State Department. Media representatives must present a U.S. Government-issued identification card, a media-issued photo identification card, or a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport). Media representatives who wish to attend the public session should RSVP to Christopher Rich at (202) 647-2061 or

PRN: 2013/1590