Diplomacy and International Environment Issues

by Leroy Simpkins, United States Embassy Mexico City, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Legal, Institutional, Financial and Environmental Aspects of Water Issues


This paper examines three current examples of the ongoing diplomatic efforts to deal with selected environmental and water issues that affect our bilateral relationships with Canada and Mexico. Presented, and to some extent compared, are the relevant portions of three international mechanisms - the 1983 U.S./Mexico Border Environment Agreement; the U.S./Canada International Joint Commission and the U.S./Mexico International Boundary and Water Commission. Several conclusions are drawn concerning the success and relative merits of these three different examples.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Agreements and treaties | Developing countries | Water use | North America | Canada | Mexico | United States

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