A new study by IPEN and its members from ten countries reveals that shockingly high levels of the toxic chemicals chlorinated paraffins are common in children’s plastic toys. All thirty-one toys tested for the study were found to contain the harmful chemicals, which are linked to cancer, damage to developing brains, endocrine disruption, damage to the liver and kidneys, and threats to reproductive health.
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IPENers Back Accelerated Elimination of Lead Paints to End Childhood Lead Poisoning
Participating organizations (POs) of the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) are taking part in the 11th edition of the annual International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week from October 22 to 28 that will put the spot light on lead, a major toxic threat to public health. With the end goal of protecting the health of children and other vulnerable groups such as women of reproductive age and workers, the POs will engage government, industry, and civil society stakeholders, as well as the media, to urge the authorities to adopt strong lead paint control instruments or push for effective monitoring and enforcement mechanisms in countries with existing lead paint laws.
IPEN is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, a joint program of WHO and UNEP and convener of ILPPW. Since 2009, work conducted by IPEN, its member groups, and collaboration partners in the Alliance has ended manufacturing and selling lead paints by many companies, influenced the development of new regulatory controls in several countries, and supported stakeholders with tools they need to effect change.
Unfortunately, lead paint continues to be used in the majority of countries around the world. To move swiftly toward ending the use of lead paint, IPEN calls for national actions to adopt regulations banning the use of lead in all paint, and for listing of lead chromates, the pigments used in lead paints, under the Rotterdam Convention.
During ILPPW, IPEN POs will face the press, dialogue with policy makers, reach out to corporate executives, raise awareness and influence public opinion through the social media and other means in support of the global phase-out of paints containing lead additives. Some POs will use the occasion to advocate for the listing of lead chromates under the Rotterdam Convention’s prior informed consent (PIC) procedure to control the international trade of these most common lead-based pigments and the paints containing them.
The world today is home to the largest generation of young people in its history, there are now over 1.8 billion youth between the ages of 10 to 24. Enhancing the role young people play and providing opportunities for their active engagement in protecting health and the environment and promoting economic and social development will be essential for a sustainable, democratic future. Young people push qualitative change in ways of working, innovation and institutional reforms, including better governance, combating corruption, and building a healthier social and physical environment.
IPEN’s vision for a toxics-free future includes a concern for future generations and is founded on the contributions of young people. IPEN recognizes the invaluable role that youth can and do play in promoting sound chemical and waste management.
Opening intervention on Long-chain PFCAs
Presented by Dr. Sara Brosché, October 9, 2023
Thank you, Mr Chair.
First of all, for those of you don´t know IPEN, we´re a global network of public interest, civil society organizations in more than 125 countries.
Thank you to the drafters and working group for the hard work preparing this comprehensive Risk Management Evaluation.