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Partnership Initiated to Help Improve Human Health, Environmental Quality in Asian Cities

Release Date: 05/13/2005
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(05/13/05) EPA and the Asian Development Bank will work together to improve human health and environmental quality in major urban areas of Asia.

"Asia is home to half the world's population and some of the world's largest and most heavily polluted cities" said Judith Ayres, assistant administrator for International Affairs. "The agreement we have signed is a meaningful step in fostering collaboration to address the environmental and human health issues in these urban areas."

Officials met to discuss how the bank and EPA can most effectively cooperate on specific environmental initiatives. Projects could include efforts to reduce air pollution, improve drinking water quality, and help promote sound environmental management.

The Asian Development Bank is a multilateral development finance institution, headquartered in Manila, dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific. Established in 1966, it is now owned by 63 member countries, has 27 offices around the world and a staff of 2000 people. A key strategic development objective of the institution is promoting sustainable development and environmental protection.

EPA and the bank have previously enjoyed a strong working relationship under the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities, the Clean Air Training Network and more recently as members of the UNEP led Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles. For more information on joint environmental efforts between the U.S. and Asian nations, visit: .