The main purpose of each group is to bring together individuals from the UC System, government, academia, NGOs, and other relevant entities from both countries, pooling their expertise, knowledge, and skills to tackle strategic issues, opportunities, and challenges collaboratively. Moreover, the aim is to foster synergy among diverse stakeholders, promoting inclusive decision-making processes that reflect a broad spectrum of perspectives and insights. Through this collective effort, the groups seek to drive innovation, effect positive change, and advance toward shared goals and objectives.

 

Composition and Structure

The composition and structure of the Strategic Bi-national Working Groups are designed to embody diversity, expertise, and bi-national collaboration, recognizing the pivotal link between academic and non-academic stakeholders. This linkage is essential for consolidating a research agenda that advances knowledge and informs policymakers effectively.

Structure

Members from various/most UC campuses to ensure diversity in perspectives, expertise, and academic disciplines. This may include faculty, researchers,
students, and administrators.

Faculty, researchers, and students from Mexican universities and other academic institutions outside the UC system, to bring diverse academic perspectives and local expertise.

By incorporating alumni into the structure of bi-national working groups, the organization can tap into a wealth of resources, knowledge, and connections that contribute to the success and impact of its initiatives. 
Individuals representing government agencies from the three levels and orders of the government of both countries, as well as individuals with expertise in government policy, international relations, and diplomacy from the U.S. and Mexican governments.
Individuals from non-governmental organizations and civil society groups that work on issues pertinent to the bilateral cooperation agenda.
Representatives from industries that play a significant role in the bilateral relationship.

Individuals with experience in community engagement and grassroots initiatives to ensure that the working group considers the perspectives of the broader public.

Operation and Leadership Organization

UC AlianzaMX Strategic Research Initiatives Coordinator will serve as the WG coordinator; the main activities will be leadership and guidance, ensuring alignment with group goals; strategic planning, communication, and information sharing; facilitation of meetings, general oversight, stakeholder engagement, conflict resolution, progress monitoring and evaluation, continuous improvement, and reporting.

Two co-chairs will be selected to lead the group’s endeavors, with one representing the academic sector and the other from a non-academic background. The appointed co-chairs must possess a comprehensive understanding of the US-Mexico bilateral relationship and the pertinent issues under consideration.

Establish subcommittees or task forces focusing on specific critical issues within the bilateral cooperation agenda (e.g., trade, immigration, environmental policies, etc…)

Each Bi-national Group shall define a calendar annually, scheduling at least three meetings a year. Meetings will discuss progress, share insights, and make strategic decisions. Meetings could be held both virtually and in person to facilitate participation from members across different locations.

Collaborative online platforms for document sharing, communication, and project management will be used to foster ongoing collaboration.

The main outcome of each binational working group would be to craft a comprehensive Research and Action Plan. It is crucial to formulate this plan with well-defined objectives, timelines, and deliverables aimed at addressing strategic issues effectively.

This group represents a transition from the Task Force’s policy engagement focus to a ZEV Binational Working Group. It will promote binational research collaboration by harnessing the expertise of UC and Mexican researchers, and engaging diverse stakeholders from government, industry, and non-profit entities. The initiative aims to generate new research proposals for funding and innovative public policy solutions to support the zero-emissions transition in the US and Mexico.

Energy

The Binational Working Group on Energy fosters a collaborative transition to cleaner, more efficient, and more secure energy systems between the US and Mexico. By promoting a deeper understanding of existing energy systems and fostering lasting relationships among energy stakeholders, the group provides a platform to discuss emerging policy challenges and design innovative research programs.

Biodiversity

The Biodiversity Working Group fosters collaborative research between the US and Mexico to address critical biodiversity challenges, focusing on ecosystem resilience, transboundary conservation, endangered species recovery, traditional ecological knowledge, and ecosystem services; among others.