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Canada 2020's Week of #NALS

Canada 2020 celebrated the strong relationship between Canada, Mexico and the United States during the North American Leaders' Summit at the end of June.


  1. The government marked the occasion by hanging the Mexican flag and the Star Spangled Banner on Langevin Block.
  2. Canada 2020 was honoured to host a lunchtime discussion with the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada's Minister of Environment & Climate Change, and Secretary Rafael Pachianno-Alamán, Mexico's Secretary of Environment & Natural Resources. It took place ahead of the North American Leaders' Summit, on Tuesday, June 28.
  3. Canada 2020's Melanie Coulson moderated a panel discussion about climate, collaboration and the Canada-Mexico relationship.
  4. Following some pointed questions on collaboration and climate change goals, the conversation moved to carbon emissions, clean energy and innovation, and protecting biodiversity.
  5. Concluding the conversation with remarks about public transit, preserving key ecosystems, Secretary Alamán noted the people most affected by climate change are a nation's poorest.
  6. He asked: "How can we help people who actually live in these ecosystems and how do we give them better conditions for living?"
  7. Watch the full discussion here:
  8. Canada 2020 hosts Mexico's Secretary Rafael Pacchiano Alamán and Canada's Minister Catherine McKenna
  9. Following lunch, the two had a wonderful opportunity to explore the Hon. Minister McKenna's riding.
  10. The next day, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was joined by U.S. President Barack Obama, marking the official start of the North American Leaders' Summit.
  11. Ottawa proudly hosted three incredible leaders to take action and deliver results.
  12. Following the day's discussion the three countries' leaders announced they were working together on a new North American climate change goal, to be achieved by 2025.