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Central and Eastern European, Central Asian states to make further moves to end hidden hazard
Chisinau, Moldova – 19 May 2016: Central and Eastern European and Central Asian countries are being offered expert tools and guidance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to ensure that the use of lead in paint ends by 2020.
At the workshop beginning today at the Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel in Chisinau, a regulatory toolkit for establishing lead paint laws will be presented to 17 countries and discussions take place on strategies for legislative action at national but also regional level.
Overall exposure to the heavy metal – often via lead in paint — is estimated to contribute to about 600,000 new cases of intellectual disability among children every year, with the vast majority living in low and middle-income countries. Pregnant women are also particularly at risk as exposure can cause miscarriage and other problems, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Out of the 17 countries attending the event, only five report to have legally-binding controls on lead in paint in place. Globally, 65 governments report to not have legally-binding laws on the topic, while information is lacking for a further 71 countries.
“Children in Europe and around the world have the right to play and paint without being at risk of a serious health hazard. Alternatives to lead in paint are widely available and low in cost. UNEP is pleased to support countries take action to banish this danger for good, following other global successes” underlined Jan Dusik, Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe.
“I am confident that the workshop’s outcomes will foster the development of relevant national secondary legislation,” said Valeriu Munteanu, Minister of the Environment of Moldova, at the workshop opening.
Moldova’s legal framework on waste and chemicals is already taking shape. A draft law on waste has passed first reading in the Moldovan Parliament while one on chemicals will soon be sent to the government for approval.
The Government of the Republic of Moldova “expresses its commitment to promote the political and regulatory framework on chemical substances in connection with international environmental treaties to which Moldova is a party” underlined Mr Munteanu.
Studies covering 37 countries have meanwhile revealed that new paints containing high lead concentrations are widely available to consumers in many global regions[i]. Even in states with laws regulating the issue, paint containing lead may have been used in older homes and buildings before such controls were established.
Following a similar workshop held in Addis Ababa last December, 15 East African countries agreed to adopt a legal total lead limit of 90 parts per million for all paints by 2020. Since then, work is already underway between two countries and the International POPs Elimination Network to draw up legislation banning lead in paint.
The two-day event – part of a global series — is financed by UNEP and co-hosted by the organisation together with the Government of the Republic of Moldova.
Note to editors
A ban on lead in paint was first considered at international level by the League of Nations in the 1920s. The WHO lists lead exposure as one of the top ten global environmental health threats. Poisoning from the metal can have lifelong health impacts on children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, hypertension and seizures.
The regulatory toolkit is prepared by the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, which is co-led by UNEP and the WHO and aims to ensure that lead in paint is eliminated globally by 2020.
Developing countries show the strongest increases in paint consumption but generally lack regulation preventing the use of lead in paint. Officials and policy experts from the following countries are attending the workshop: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Uzbekistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.
Sustainable Development Goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production aims to achieve ‘the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment’ by 2020.
Chemicals and waste – including lead in paint will furthermore be discussed at the United Nations Environment Assembly taking place on 23 – 27 May in Nairobi.
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[i] Status of the phasing out of lead paint by countries: 2015 global report (SAICM/ICCM.4/INF/25)
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