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A Toxics-Free Future

Lead in Paint

(EcoWaste Coalition / MANILA BULLETIN)

Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition prodded concerned government authorities to clamp down on firms manufacturing and selling hazardous laced products and equipment to ensure public safety.

By Chito Chavez

Over 40 IPEN participating organizations (POs) from 36 countries are taking part in the seventh annual International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action on October 20 to 26. Together with the other partners of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, civil society groups will organize various activities to raise awareness and promote actions, such as the adoption and enforcement of laws banning lead paint, to address the human health effects of lead exposure, especially for children.

Left-to-right: Zuleica Nycz (Toxisphera, Brazil), Laura Emilce Florez (Altervida, Paraguay), Sofia Chavez (Casa Cem, Mexico), Placido Silva (Colnado, Colombia), Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh (CARPIN, Jamaica) and Tiffany Tool (IPEN).

Panama City, Panama – Lead in paint was included in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) framework as an emerging policy issue at its 2nd International Conference on Chemicals Management in 2009. Thereafter, the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint was formed. IPEN plays an important role in the Alliance and is an executing partner in a SAICM project on eliminating lead paint.

The International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action is an annual event held every fourth week of October to raise awareness about the hazards of lead and lead paint. In 2018, events to mark the week were held in at least 50 countries. Of these, thirty-five events were organized by IPEN NGOs in 32 countries.
Regional Workshop for Central and Eastern Europe 19-20 March 2019, Almaty, Kazakhstan

IPENers from ten countries participated in a regional workshop organized by UNEP on the theme of promoting regulatory and voluntary action by government and industry to phase out lead in paint. IPEN's work, together with its participating organizations, was highlighted throughout the workshop, including presentations of the role of civil society, paint studies conducted in the region and working with SMEs to facilitate the phase out of lead from paint. Activities to eliminate lead paint by Greenwomen in Kazakhstan and Mama-86 in Ukraine were also presented, along with with information shared from the floor by several IPEN POs. Group discussions during the second day of the workshop provided additional opportunities for IPENers to provide their experiences and expertise in order to develop national approaches mapping out how new regulations on lead paint could be adopted, or existing ones strengthened. 

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