Lead in Paint

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have established the joint initiative Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (Lead Paint Alliance) to prevent children’s exposure to lead from paints containing lead and to minimize occupational exposures to lead paints.

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. Furthermore, the Overall Orientation and Guidance for achieving the SAICM 2020 goal, in particular, has identified that SAICM stakeholders in countries where lead paint remains in use should continue their efforts to regulate lead in paints and reinforce those efforts as a key risk reduction achievement in line with the targets set out in the Global Alliance business plan.

Governments, industry and civil society organizations in all regions are encouraged to organize related activities in cooperation with the Global Alliance.

On 12 June 2018, UN Environment welcomed the representatives of the permanent missions for a briefing on the work of the Chemicals and Health Branch. After the briefing, a more detailed technical discussion on the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint was held, with presentations by Walker Smith from the USEPA, Sarah Brosche from International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), and Martin Engelmann from the International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC). The presentations explored the respective roles of these organizations in the Lead Paint Alliance, and the role of civil society organizations and industry in implementing the lead paint agenda.

IPEN - The role of civil society in eliminating lead in paint globally


Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint - Overview of Global Efforts to Eliminate Lead Paint: Why Action Now Matters


IPPIC - The Role of Industry in the Elimination of Lead in Paint

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