This Summit (NALS) presents an important opportunity for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to meet together in recognition of the value of a more integrated North America in order to advance the security and prosperity of the entire continent. After all, North America is home to a community of over 500 million people who enjoy shared democratic values, vibrant economies, dynamic cultures, and cooperation on pressing global and regional issues. As consumers, the people of North America are and will continue to be an economic powerhouse on the global stage.
Fun fact: Canada is also the first country President Obama visited after taking office in 2009. "It was February", he said, today. "A little colder. I was a little younger. Michelle now refers to my hair as the Great White North." In an address to the Canadian Parliament and the people of Canada, President Obama outlined our shared vision and values that define why the world looks to the U.S. and Canada as an example of leadership.
Watch a few key moments from the speech:
If you watch one moment from today's address, watch this one.
President Obama discusses the global refugee crisis and our responsibility to help those seeking safety within our borders and across the globe.
Clean energy and climate took center stage at NALS as the three countries come together to release a North American climate clean energy and environment partnership. Jeff Zients and Brian Deese break down the plan here, but here are the key components of today's plan:
President Obama lays out why our nations need the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Learn more about the President's trade agreement here: www.ustr.gov/TPP