IPEN, working with Arnika and other NGOs across the globe, has initiated a campaign to put Children's Health First and Eliminate Lead Paint. Unfortunately, lead in paint is an old toxic threat to young children today.
In 2002, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) took two vital decisions to protect children's health from exposure to lead. The first called for the phase out of lead in gasoline, and the second, the phase out of lead in lead-based paints and in other sources of human exposure.
This paved the way for an IPEN participating organization from Asia to form a partnership to promote the global phase-out of lead in paints. This partnership proposed a global phase-out at the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) in May 2009, where it was endorsed. From there, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Global Partnership to Eliminate Lead in Paint was created.
Unfortunately, even though there is wide recognition of this problem, which led to a number of bans of lead in paint across North America and Western Europe over the past 70 years, even today paints are sold with added lead in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This is an avoidable problem, and one with well-known and tested safer commercial substitutes.
The project promotes sustainable production and consumption and contributes to global efforts aimed at the elimination of the production and sues of all decorative lead paints. It overall objective is to reduce childhood lead poisoning in the eight participating countries by decreasing production and use of lead paint with a trend toward their elimination.
The projects targets consumers and manufacturer of paint in the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia.