Wakefield, Québec, December 13, 2010
North American Foreign Ministers discussed continental and regional security and prepared for the next North American Leaders Summit (NALS), expected in 2011. Ministers reaffirmed their government’s commitment to trilateral cooperation and coordination, as it will bring benefits to the three countries.
North American partners are increasingly concerned about the security situation throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Ministers renewed their commitment to combating transnational criminal organizations.
Ministers agreed to support citizens’ efforts in the Americas to strengthen democratic values, processes and institutions and, to make democracies more effective, accountable and able to respond to the needs and interests of citizens.
Ministers identified the following important areas of trilateral cooperation:
Ministers discussed the results of the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and highlighted the importance of an integrated North American approach to climate change, clean energy, and environmental issues writ large.
Ministers reviewed the work undertaken since the 2009 Guadalajara NALS to support our economy and advance competitiveness. They look forward to progress on regulatory cooperation and to enhance coordination to promote exports.
Trilateral cooperation on cyber security, internet freedom and privacy was endorsed to foster the protection and promotion of human rights, as well as innovation and prosperity.
Ministers noted the work done by their public health and safety colleagues in revising the North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza and discussed how Leaders could strengthen health cooperation.