The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, the major intergovernmental forum in Canada for discussion and joint action on environmental issues of national and international concern, pursued a three-point action plan as follow-up to UNCED. The three points included: early ratification and implementation of the Climate Change and Biodiversity Conventions; action on Agenda 21; and integration of the environment and economy in decision making. Once both conventions were ratified, efforts were concentrated on seven priority areas of Agenda 21: human settlements; freshwater; toxic chemicals; hazardous waste; indigenous peoples; human health and foreign overfishing on Canada's east coast. In the short term, a framework document for harmonization and integration of the different sustainable development strategies across the country is being developed. A special Follow-Up Task Group was established to plan for and pursue the follow-up to the Rio conference.