Washington, DC /eNewsChannels/ — Environment and trade representatives from the United States and Chile will mark seven years of environmental cooperation at the concurrently occurring Fifth Meeting of the Environmental Affairs Council and the Third Meeting of the U.S.-Chile Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation, to be held at the U.S. Department of State on January 20, 2010, in Room 1107. The Environmental Affairs Council meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and the Joint Commission for the Environmental Affairs Council meeting will begin at 3:50 p.m.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Sustainable Development Daniel A. Reifsnyder and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources Mark Linscott will co-chair the Environmental Affairs Council for the United States. Executive Director of the National Commission for the Environment Alvaro Sapag will chair the Environmental Affairs Council for Chile.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Reifsnyder will head the U.S. delegation for the Joint Commission meeting, which will include high-ranking representatives from more than seven U.S. government agencies. Deputy Director for the Environment Waldemar Coutts of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs will lead the Chilean delegation. Mr. Reifsnyder and Mr. Coutts will sign the 2009-2010 Environmental Cooperation Work Plan during the closing session.

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