Office of the Spokesperson
April 27, 2016
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will travel to Ottawa, Canada, April 27-29. She will meet with Canadian government officials to discuss environmental cooperation on issues such as phasing down hydrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol, the Arctic, ocean and fisheries policies, monarch butterfly conservation, and the U.S.-Canada Air Quality Agreement, which is the world’s most successful bilateral arrangement to improve air quality and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. In addition, she will engage in discussions on global health issues, including the Global Health Security Agenda and efforts to address the Zika virus.
Acting Assistant Secretary Garber will also lead and participate in a discussion on climate change and U.S. Arctic policy with participants from the program Students on Ice, which takes youth from around the world on journeys to the Polar Regions. In Canada, the program, which is supported by a grant from the U.S. Embassy, introduces participants to a broad spectrum of topics related to the Arctic, including arts and culture, history, politics, science and sustainable development, and climate change, as well as issues of the economy, governance, and geopolitics.
Follow the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs on Twitter @StateDeptOES for updates on Acting Assistant Secretary Garber’s trip. For further information, contact Sara Ferchichi (FerchichiSM@state.gov).