The workshop was 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.
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:
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.
SESSION I: Overview
Objectives of the Workshop
Overview of the Lead Paint Alliance
Overview of the Lead Paint Alliance Regulatory Toolkit
SESSION II: (TECHNICAL SESSION): Presentation of the Toolkit Modules
Lead in Paint: Health, Environment, and Economic Impacts
Ms. Joanna Tempowski (WHO)
Guidance on Building Blocks for a Legal Framework and Global/Regional Status of Lead in Paint
Summarised Existing Case Studies in the Toolkit
Ms. Jeanette Tyson (U.S. Embassy Chișinău, Moldova)
Case Studies from the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Countries
Alternatives to Lead in Paint
Engaging SMEs and Paint Manufacturers
Analytical Methods and Quality Assurance Strategies for Blood Lead Testing
Sampling and Testing Paint
OSCE and the Aarhus Centres: A Tool for Raising Awareness and Supporting Promotion of Legislation on Lead in Paint
GEF Support to the Global Efforts for the Elimination of Lead in Paint
Special Prgramme Session
SESSION III: (DISCUSSION SESSION):Potential National Implementation Strategies and Next Steps