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.

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2020

The eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) took place on 25–31 October 2020. This week of action is an initiative of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (the Lead Paint Alliance), which is jointly led by the UN Environment Programme and WHO. The manufacture and sale of lead paint is still permitted in over 60% of countries, presenting a continuing and future source of lead exposure for children and workers.

The focus of this year’s week of action is on the need to accelerate progress towards the global phase out of lead paint through regulatory and legal measures. Governments, civil society organizations, health partners, industry and others are encouraged to organize campaigns during the week of action using materials provided.

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