The Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, through his letter dated 26 March 2009, refers to decision 25/5 on chemicals management relating to lead and cadmium, and mercury adopted by GC.25/GMEF on 20 February 2009.
Through this decision it is noted that further action is needed to address the challenges posed by lead and cadmium.
A letter dated 9 November 2009 from Per Bakken, Head Chemicals Branch, UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics refers to Governing Council decision requesting UNEP to continue to address the data and information gaps identified in its reviews of scientific information on lead and cadmium.
UNEP is to finalize these reviews in line with decisions 24/3 of 9 February 2007 and 23/9 of 25 February 2005, and to report to the Governing Council at its twenty-sixth session, in February 2011, with a view to informing discussion on the need for global action in relation to lead and cadmium.
The requested information must have been submitted to UNEP Chemicals by 28 February 2010.