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Emerging policy issues: Lead in Paint (resolution II/4 B):

Lead in Paint (resolution II/4 B):

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are establishing the joint initiative “Global Alliance to eliminate lead paints” to prevent children’s exposure to lead from paints containing lead and to minimize occupational exposures to lead paint.  The broad objective is to promote a phase-out of the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead and eventually eliminate the risks from such paint.   Organizational arrangements for the Global Alliance are being finalized.

Current activities and progress include:

  • Outreach to potential contributors to the Global Alliance including a survey questionnaire on possible areas of in-kind and financial contribution;

  • A first organizational meeting of the Global Alliance held in Geneva, 26 to 28 May 2010, to develop the overall goals and objectives for the initiative and formulate priority focal areas and a workplan. A report of the meeting is available on the Global Alliance website http://www.chem.unep.ch/Lead_in_paint/default.htm;

  • Establishment of a Interim Advisory Group to discuss cross-cutting issues, promote actions consistent with the overall goals and objectives of the Global Alliance and monitor progress;

  • Preparation of a newsletter and website about the initiative ;

  • Establishment of a website relevant to the global alliance. http://www.chem.unep.ch/Lead_in_paint/default.htm.

Contact: Juan Fernando Caicedo R. (UNEP Chemicals Branch), tel: 41 22 917 8427, e‑mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and Lesley Onyon (WHO), tel: 792 493543, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IPEN together with Toxics Link in India and NGOs in 10 different countries have launched a global campaign to advance the SAICM emerging issue to eliminate lead in paint. For more information about the campaign see: http://www.ipen.org/ipenweb/work/lead/lead_paint.html. Information on country specific activities and work can be found at: http://www.ipen.org/ipenweb/work/lead/lead_map.html

 A project was approved in the eighth round of the SAICM Quick Start Programme to be undertaken in Cameroon by the Non-governmental organization known as Research and Education Centre for Development (CREPD).  The project “Evaluation of lead concentrations in domestic and imported lead paints, and the development and distribution of educational materials on lead hazards for SAICM implementation in Cameroon” will be undertaken over a period of 18 months.