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Lead (Pb) and Cadmium (Cd) at the 26th session of the Governing Council Nairobi 21 to 24 February 2011

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The 26th session of the Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was held from 21 to 24 February 2011 at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

A full report on the implementation of decision 25/5 of 20 February 2009 on chemicals management, including mercury, was be presented at the 26th session of the Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum.

The report of the Executive Director, Chemicals management including mercury (Working document: UNEP/GC.26/5) is divided into three chapters, corresponding to the three parts of decision 25/5 that require a report back to Governing Council: Lead and Cadmium; Mercury; and Final Provisions (including UNEP support towards implementing the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management).

Attention is drawn to the following associated documents, which provide additional information in relation to Lead and Cadmium:

  • UNEP/GC.26/INF/11: Informing discussions on the need for global action in relation to lead and cadmium;
  • UNEP/GC.26/INF/11/Add.1: Informing discussions on the need for global action in relation to lead and cadmium: Addendum: Final review of scientific information on lead, along with its appendix on an overview of existing and future national actions, including legislation, relevant to lead; 
    An advanced version of the final review of scientific information on lead is available now.
  • UNEP/GC.26/INF/11/Add.2: Informing discussions on the need for global action in relation to lead and cadmium: Addendum: Final review of scientific information on cadmium, along with its appendix on an overview of existing and future national actions, including legislation, relevant to cadmium;
    An advanced version of the final review of scientific information on cadmium is available now.
  • UNEP/GC.26/INF/11/Add.3: Informing discussions on the need for global action in relation to lead and cadmium: Addendum: Study on the health and environmental effects of the movement of products containing lead, cadmium and mercury in Latin America and the Caribbean;
    An advance version of the Latin America and the Caribbean study (both in Spanish and English)  is available now. For easy access, individual languagues versions are available as follows: Spanish version  and English version  .
  • UNEP/GC.26/INF/11/Add.4: Informing discussions on the need for global action in relation to lead and cadmium: Addendum: Study on the health and environmental effects of the movement of products containing lead, cadmium and mercury in Asia and the Pacific; An advance version of the Asia and the Pacific study  is available now.

  • UNEP/GC.26/INF/11/Add.5: Informing discussions on the need for global action in relation to lead and cadmium: Addendum: Other activities by the United Nations Environment Programme related to lead and cadmium;

Documents will be available in this Lead and Cadmium website as well as at the UNEP GC26's website