The Commission For Environmental Cooperation

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NAAEC institutes the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) with the responsibility to “facilitate co-operation and public participation to foster conservation, protection and enhancement of the North American environment for the benefit of present and future generations, in the context of increasing economic, trade and social links between Canada, Mexico and the United States.”55 CEC’s main contributions include: studies reflecting common environmental concerns of NAFTA countries, examination of the links between free trade and the environment, dissemination of information to the public on environmental issues, and the promotion of cooperation on environmental matters. ngo’s in all three countries were necessary to get the policy…show more content…
This paper challenges the obsession with outcomes as part of the current preoccupation with accountability. The paper recognizes and concurs with the importance of setting and trying to meet clearly defined targets. But it argues that many crucial and equally important developments inadvertently can be overlooked in the quest to quantify.
The word of the week is ‘outcomes.’ The subtext is ‘accountability.’ No one can deny that these two imperatives are driving most agendas these days. Performance measurement for the private, public and voluntary sectors is a booming business. Private firms, governments and voluntary organizations are under pressure to demonstrate that they are functioning in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
The concern for accountability is being fuelled by many factors. The private sector always has been interested in outcomes. The bottom line - actual output at the end of the day - is the primary driving force. The private sector must account to its customers and shareholders. In fact, there is growing discussion about the need to relate to an even broader audience of interested parties, typically referred to as ‘stakeholders.’

The requirement to perform effectively and efficiently is nothing new. But the pressures appear to have become all the more intense in a highly competitive
Some would argue that governments’ newfound concern with effectiveness and efficiency arises from more than political considerations alone. Perhaps

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