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Delegates to UN Environment Assembly Gather in Lead Paint Event

Nairobi, 23 May 2016:  Around 50 delegates from governments, industry and civil society gathered in a side event organized by the Lead Paint

The side event, entitled "Four Years to Phase Out Lead in Paint Worldwide", took stock of the progress towards the goal of the Lead Paint Alliance to have legal limits to lead in paint in all countries by 2020. Representatives from Kenya, Moldova and Philippines presented regional and national initiatives for establishing and enforcing laws to control lead in paint. Stakeholders from paint industry, architects and civil society joined the discussion towards an enhanced stakeholder engagement in the law making. Alliance in Nairobi on Monday 23 May, in the margins of the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly. At the event, UNEP launched a new report on the global analysis of legal limits on lead in paints. US Environment Protection Agency presented an interactive map showing an estimate of economic cost of childhood exposure to lead by the New York University.

Participants agreed that the first step is to establish national and regional standards and regulations, whereas we should address further challenges such as enforcement capacity building and involvement of informal sector. Good examples are emerging in regulatory initiatives and stakeholder engagement. The Lead Paint Alliance offers a platform for mutual learning and knowledge management.


Opening remarks 

Keynote presentation “The Human Health and Economic Costs of Lead in Paint” 

(Ms. Walker Smith, US Environment Protection Agency)   

Discussant: Ms. Dorota Jarosinska (European Regional Office, WHO)   

Walker Smith US EPA, Dorota Jarosinka WHO              
European Centre for Environment,
and Patricia J. Beneke UNEP

Panel discussion 1 “Establishing legal limits to lead in paint”

Moderator: Ms. Patricia J. Beneke (Regional Office for North America, UNEP)    

Panelists: Mr. Peter Numatala (Kenya Bureau of Standards) 

Ms. Stela Drucioc (Ministry of the Environment, Republic of Moldova)  

Mr. Jonas Leones (Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines)    

Panel discussion 2 “Cross-sector cooperation towards the phasing out of lead in paint”

Moderator: Ms. Farida Were (Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute) 

Panelists: Ms. Sara Brosché (IPEN) 

Mr. Santosh Pawar (Basco Products (K) Ltd)    

Mr. George Arabbu (Architectural  Association of Kenya)    

Questions and answers

Closing remarks (Kenya, USEPA, IPEN, WHO, UNEP)

Eisaku Toda, UNEP                              

Lead Free Paint Graffiti Artwork Campaign: 

UNEA delegates contributing to graffiti painting using lead free paint