Taiwan and the U.S. are dedicated to building a comprehensive, durable and mutually beneficial partnership. Both sides signed a MOU to establish the Global Cooperation and Training Framework in June 2015. Under the framework, Taiwan and the U.S. are working together to expand their already robust cooperation to address global challenges in such areas as international humanitarian assistance, public health, environmental protection, energy, technology, education and regional development. In 2012, the two countries jointly launched the Pacific Islands Leadership Partnership, and in 2014 the US joined as a founding partner of the Taiwan-initiated International Environmental Partnership program. The partnership is also highlighted by recent cooperative efforts of Taiwan and the US in response to pressing issues ranging from the Ebola and MERS epidemic to the humanitarian refugee crisis in Middle East. Taiwan has proved to be a vital partner not just for the US, but for the region.