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Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Workshop on the Establishment of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint

Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Workshop on the Establishment of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint, co-hosted by the Government of the Republic of Moldova and UNEP, will take place on 19-20 May 2016 in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova.

Concept Note

Agenda

List of the Participants

Press Note - (English) / (Romanian)

Workshop Report

Lead is a cumulative toxicant particularly hazardous to young children and pregnant women. Currently there is no safe level of lead established. Lead paint, which is still widely available in developing countries, is a major route of lead exposure, especially for children. UNEP and the World Health Organization (WHO) support the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paints (Lead Paint Alliance), a global partnership aiming at introducing legal limits on lead in paint in all countries by 2020.

 In response to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) Resolution 1/5 Chemicals and Waste VI on lead and cadmium (June 2014) which “requests the United Nations Environment Programme, in coordination with the World Health Organization, to continue to build capacity on lead paint through possible regional workshops”, UNEP and IPEN jointly organized back-to-back workshops in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on December 2-4: the East Africa Sub-regional Workshop on the Establishment of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint and the GEF UNEP/IPEN Regional Lead Paint Elimination Project in Africa Workshop.

The Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Workshop on the Establishment of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint (19-20 May 2016 in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova), co-hosted by the Government of the Republic of Moldova and UNEP, aims to advance understanding, commitment, and action towards the elimination of lead in paint in the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions.

 

The specific objectives of the workshop are:

  • Share the understandings of the health and environmental risks of the lead in paint
  • Exchange information on the government policies and stakeholder actions, and available tools and experiences towards the elimination of lead in paint
  • Introduce available resources on InforMEA and ECOLEX as tools for building knowledge and understanding of environmental law, including legislation on lead in paint
  • Develop strategies for establishing legal limits on lead in paint at national, regional, and/or sub-regional levels
  • Foster commitment of governments and stakeholders and agree on future actions.

Follow-up actions after this workshop may include information sharing in national policy development, initiation of regional process, improvements in the toolkit, and reporting towards future meetings, including but not limited to UNEA 2.

 

PRESENTATIONS


SESSION I: Overview

Objectives of the Workshop

Mr. Juan Caicedo (UNEP DTIE Chemicals and Waste Branch)

 

Overview of the Lead Paint Alliance

Ms. MijkeHertoghs (UNEP Regional Office for Europe)

 

Overview of the Lead Paint Alliance Regulatory Toolkit

Mr. Juan Caicedo (UNEP DTIE Chemicals and Waste Branch)

 

SESSION II: (TECHNICAL SESSION):Presentation of the Toolkit Modules

Lead in Paint: Health, Environment, and Economic Impacts

Ms. Joanna Tempowski (WHO)

Ms. Jeanette Tyson (U.S. Embassy Chișinău, Moldova)

 

Guidance on Building Blocks for a Legal Framework and Global/Regional Status of Lead in Paint

Ms. Barbara Ruis (UNEP DELC/Regional Office for Europe)

 

Summarised Existing Case Studies in the Toolkit

Ms. Jeanette Tyson (U.S. Embassy Chișinău, Moldova)

Mr. Juan Caicedo (UNEP DTIE Chemicals and Waste Branch)

 

Case Studies from the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Countries

MOLDOVA (Mr. Gheorghe Croitoru, Ministry of Regional  Development and Constructions)

(Ms. Tatiana Țugui, Environmental Pollution Prevention Office)

ALBANIA (Ms. LinditaTafaj, Institute of  Public Health)

BELARUS (Ms. Helena Jurkevitsch, Republican unitary enterprise «Scientific practical centre of hygiene»)

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (Ms. DžejnaMilaković-Ramadani, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Srpska)

GEORGIA (Ms. Ana Berejiani, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection)

MACEDONIA (Ms. SuzanaAndonova, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning)

MONTENEGRO (Mr. MilošSekulović, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism)

SERBIA Mr. Ivan Duričković, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection)

MOLDOVA (Ms. Jardan Elena, Ministry of Health)

 

Alternatives to Lead in Paint

Mr. Jack Weinberg (IPEN)

 

Engaging SMEs and Paint Manufacturers

Mr. Jack Weinberg (IPEN)

Mr. BunuNicon

 

Analytical Methods and Quality Assurance Strategies for Blood Lead Testing

Ms. Joanna Tempowski (WHO)

 

Sampling and Testing Paint

Ms. Olga Speranskaya (IPEN)

 

Raising Awareness

Ms. Joanna Tempowski (WHO)

Ms. Olga Speranskaya (IPEN)

 

OSCE and the Aarhus Centres: A Tool for Raising Awareness and Supporting Promotion of Legislation on Lead in Paint

Mr. Leonid Kalashnyk

 

GEF Support to the Global Efforts for the Elimination of Lead in Paint

Ms. Lulwa Ali (GEF)

 

Special Prgramme Session (English / Russian)

Special Programme to support institutional strengthening at the national level for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

Webinar series, May 2016

UNEP

 

InforMEA Session

Ms. Barbara Ruis (UNEP DELC/Regional Office for Europe)

 

SESSION III: (DISCUSSION SESSION):Potential National Implementation Strategies and Next Steps

Group Discussion Questions

Group Discussion of Potential National Implementation Strategies for Application of the Toolkit to Establish Lead Paint (Part I/Day 1)

Group Discussion of Potential National Implementation Strategies for Application of the Toolkit to Establish Lead Paint (Part II/Day 2)

 

CLOSING SESSION

Workshop Outcomes

Workshop Evaluation