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Border 2020

Border 2020 Highlights Report (Autumn 2016)

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The Border 2020 Program has established a strong alliance between our two countries and re-inforces, more than ever, the message that cooperation is the best way to achieve integral solu-tions to environmental and public health challenges that we face today at the local, regional and global levels. The cooperation model promoted in the framework of this Program has been, and is fundamental to ensuring that border communities are developed sustainably and in har-mony with the environment.

During nearly three decades of collaboration between our two countries, we have achieved benefits that improve the quality of life of communities on both sides of the border, and the preservation of our common environment. For example, we have collaborated with the Border Health Commission to identify and address joint environmental and public health priorities and concerns in the border region. We have worked together to improve children’s health and pro-mote environmental health education and outreach to vulnerable populations.

This report contains some highlights of the achievements and efforts of the Border 2020 Pro-gram during the last two years. We are pleased that during the last two years of work, thirty-five projects have been concluded to improve conditions facing border communities and eleven are in the implementation phase. These projects have addressed challenges of clean water, air quali-ty, proper management of solid waste, environmental emergency response and environmental stewardship.

Now that we are halfway through the implementation period of the Program, we, as National Coordinators, reiterate our support to partners from government at all levels, including tribal governments in the border states of the United States and the Mexican indigenous communi-ties. We also appreciate the support and commitment of all individuals, communities, organiza-tions and institutions involved in the many activities of the Program and whose participation is critical to improve environmental and public health conditions in the border region. We recog-nize and celebrate all these efforts; the dedication and commitment of every person involved in this Program has been essential to the successful completion of its ambitious goals and objec-tives.
We invite you to take stock of our recent achievements and renew, with us, your continued support and commitment for comprehensive binational solutions to address the public health and environ-mental challenges that persist in the border region. Working together we can manage our shared resources effectively and efficiently to meet these challenges.
Thank you very much!

                Jane Nishida                                                                            Enrique Lendo
                National Coordinator                                                           National Coordinator
                United States of America                                                    México


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