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Basic Information about EPA's International Cooperation
The Environmental Protection Agency is a world-renowned environment organization with over three decades of experience in addressing domestic public health and environmental challenges. Since its inception, EPA has recognized that domestic action alone is not enough to fully address environmental concerns. Unless managed in a sustainable way, increasing global industrial activity can have potentially negative effects on human health and the environment. It is in the interest of the United States and its international partners to share environmental management practices and to achieve the mutual goal of protecting the global commons.
International cooperation is vital to achieving our mission. EPA has identified the following six international priorities:
- Strong Environmental Institutions
- Climate Change
- Air Quality
- Clean Water
- Toxic Chemicals
- Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Bilateral and multilateral partnerships dedicated to solving environmental problems are cornerstones for successful international cooperation. EPA presently participates with over 60 countries in numerous kinds of partnerships, which are a hallmark of our international programs. International partnerships that advance human health and environmental protection are an effective part of a larger U.S. strategy for promoting sustainable development, democracy-building, and environmental stewardship. For more information, explore:
- Regional activities
- International Actions for Reducing Mercury Emissions and Use
- Partnering with International Organizations
- Environment, Trade and Finance
Since 2010, EPA has partnered with the Peace Corps under a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU has created opportunities to advance our international work at the community level, and to advance environmental protection around the world.
EPA's Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA) plays a crucial role in advancing the United States' international environmental priorities. Working with the experts from EPA's other program and regional offices, other government agencies, and other nations and international organizations, OITA identifies international environmental issues and helps implement technical and policy options to address them. Our work helps safeguard the health and environmental safety of individuals in the United States and abroad.