“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.
On Wednesday, November 6, 2013 the United States signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a new multilateral environmental agreement that addresses specific human activities which are contributing to widespread mercury pollution. Implementation of this agreement will help reduce global mercury pollution over the coming decades. In addition to signing, the United States deposited its Instrument of Acceptance to become a party to the Convention. EPA worked closely with the State Department and other federal agencies in the negotiation of this agreement. Learn more
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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- April 2013: Release of two reports with key information on how e-waste is managed in Ethiopia and China.
- 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: Adm. Jackson launched the Environmental Solutions Exporter Portal, central to EPA's export promotion strategy.
- September 2012: Adm. Jackson traveled to Israel; signed new Memorandum of Understanding for collaborative activities.
- Reduce mercury emissions from gold shops with the Mercury Capture System
- 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