“Pollution doesn’t stop at international borders,
EPA’s work to improve air quality, expand access to clean water, and protect vulnerable communities from toxic pollution extends from across North America to nearly 180 nations worldwide. Through collaborative efforts with partners from around the world, EPA is working to facilitate commerce, promote sustainable development, protect vulnerable populations and engage diplomatically around the world.
April 2013: Building off an e-waste project in Ethiopia that EPA, in partnership with UNU-StEP, completed recently, the Global Environment Facility is now launching a project to help the government of Ethiopia develop a new management system for e-waste in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. EPA participated in the launch event in Addis Ababa, along with other stakeholders and national and international partners.
The project will focus on the scaling up of a demanufacturing facility for recycling e-waste and ensuring proper disposal of the e-waste components, working with the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. The project is expected to be completed in two years.
It will be managed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with technical support from the United Nations University’s StEP Initiative (Solving the E-waste Problem).
Learn more about: Cleaning Up Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
EPA has a long history of international collaboration on a wide range of global environmental issues.
It is our vision that environmental progress, in cooperation with global partners, can catalyze even greater progress toward protecting our domestic environment.
To advance these goals, EPA has identified the following International Priorities:
- Building Strong Environmental Institutions and Legal Structures
- Combating Climate Change by Limiting Pollutants
- Improving Air Quality
- Expanding Access to Clean Water
- Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
- Cleaning Up Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Please browse the links above to learn more about EPA's work in each of these priorities.
In Your World
EPA engages with partners around the world to address environmental challenges. Explore some of our work in the map below:
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January 2013: EPA participated in final negotiations to establish the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
EPA recently launched a case study on Taiwan’s 4-in-1 Recycling Program.
- October 2012: Administrator Jackson launched the Environmental Solutions Exporter Portal, central to EPA's export promotion strategy.
- September 2012: Administrator Jackson traveled to Israel and signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to guide collaborative activities.
- August 2012: Administrator Jackson and Mexican Secretary for the Environment Juan Elvira Quesada signed the Border 2020 framework agreement for continued environmental cooperation along the U.S- Mexico border.
- Recycling and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management
in Taiwan: A Case Study (PDF)
- Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS)
- Opportunities to Reduce Black Carbon Emissions in South Asia
- Public Participation Guide
- Legal Requirements for Import and Export
- More Resources for International Users