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Bilateral and International Agreements

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

US/Mexico
The United States and Mexico have a long history of cooperation on environmental issues. Most recently, the two countries jointly proposed the Border 2012 program, which will focus on decreasing pollution and lowering the risks of exposure to air pollution, pesticides and other chemicals.

US/Canada
The United States and Canada made an historic commitment to address transboundary air pollution issues in the 1991 U.S.-Canada Air Quality Agreement. To date, acid rain and ozone have been the primary focus of cooperation under the Agreement. In 2003, the two countries renewed their commitment to build on these transborder air quality improvements and develop new cooperative projects for the years ahead.

US/China

  • Memorandum of Understanding Between The EPA and The State Environmental Protection Administration of the People's Republic of China on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the Field of Environment. English (PDF) (10 pp, 375 K, About PDF) | Chinese (PDF) (10 pp, 351 K, About PDF)
  • Strategy for Clean Air and Energy Cooperation between The Environmental Projection Agency of the United States of America and The State Environmental Protection Administration of the People's Republic of China. English (PDF) (5 pp, 306 K, About PDF) | Chinese (PDF) (8 pp, 263 K, About PDF)

US/India

US/Japan

US/Taiwan

US/Western Europe



International Agreements and Partnerships

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe - Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) Exit EPA disclaimer
The Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution takes cooperative action on air pollution in the European and North American region covered by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Established in 1979, the Convention is a landmark international agreement that coordinates efforts on research, monitoring and the development of emission reduction strategies on regional air pollution and its effects. It was the first international agreement to recognize both the environmental and human health problems caused by the flow of air pollution across political borders and the need for regional solutions.

United Nations Environment Programme - Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles Exit EPA disclaimer
The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles was established at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2002 to reduce vehicular air pollution in developing countries through the promotion of clean fuels and vehicles.

Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Exit EPA disclaimer
The Partnership for Clean Indoor Air was launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in September 2002. The Partnership addresses the increased environmental health risk faced by more than two billion people who burn traditional biomass fuels indoors for cooking and heating. This voluntary Partnership brings together governments, public and private organizations, multilateral institutions, industry, and others to increase the use of affordable, reliable, clean, efficient, and safe home cooking and heating practices.

Sustainable Development Partnerships Exit EPA disclaimer
This site provides information on U.S. efforts to work with other governments, the private sector, civil society and other organizations to plan and implement voluntary partnerships that promote economic growth, social development and environmental stewardship.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Exit EPA disclaimer

Clean Air Initiative in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia (CAI) Exit EPA disclaimer
The Clean Air Initiative (CAI) advances innovative ways to improve air quality in cities by sharing knowledge and experiences through partnerships in selected regions of the world. CAI partners and participants foster actions to improve air quality in cities. We bring together a range of cross-cutting expertise in urban development, transport, energy reform, environmental management and environmental health.

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