Experts' profiles - Jack Weinberg
Jack Weinberg

Jack Weinberg is Senior Policy Advisor for IPEN, a leading global network of 700 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 116 countries working to protect human health and the environment from harms caused by toxic chemical exposure. Weinberg also coordinates IPEN’s Global Lead Paint Elimination Campaign.

Jack Weinberg’s experience as an international NGO environmental health expert dates to 1996-7 when he served as international NGO representative on an ad hoc intergovernmental working group on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) charged with developing recommendations to the UNEP Governing Council on possible international action on POPs. The working group recommended UNEP establish an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on POPs and proposed a framework for POPs treaty negotiations.

In 1998, at the start of the POPs negotiations, Weinberg helped found the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) to coordinate NGO advocacy for a strong POPs treaty. This treaty, the Stockholm Convention on POPs, was adopted in 2001 and is currently in force.

Since 1998 Weinberg has served IPEN in various capacities including Co-Chair and Senior Policy Advisor. He has helped IPEN expand into a broadly-based global network that now supports NGOs working at the global, regional, national and local level to eliminate all forms of toxic exposure injurious to human health and the environment. Weinberg has successfully developed numerous IPEN programs and projects to support NGO on-the-ground efforts in developing countries and countries with economies in transition in all regions.

Since 2008, Weinberg has been coordinator of IPEN’s Global Lead Paint Elimination Campaign. He represents IPEN on the Advisory Committee of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP); coordinates NGO engagement in the 2013 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action; was co-author of the UNEP report: Lead in Enamel Decorative Paints, National Paint Testing Results: A Nine Country Study; and co-coordinated the study on which the report is based. Weinberg is currently advising NGOs in all regions on the development and successful implementation of national lead paint elimination projects, programs and campaigns.

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