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Lead in Paint

Written by ROE News

The international lead poisoning prevention week of action takes place between 23 – 29 October, with the aim of raising awareness of the health and other risks posed by lead and what can be done to combat them. This year’s theme focuses on lead in paint – the greatest risk of exposure for humans.

(Gothenburg, Sweden) Many decorative paints sold in over 40  low- and middle income countries contained dangerous levels of lead, sometimes in direct violation of national regulation, according to a new report released by IPEN today. The report, Global Lead Paint Report, brings together data from paint studies conducted since 2009 in 46  low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Earlier this year, the ministerial segment, "Healthy Environment and Healthy People", was held as part of the second United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi.

Why Environment ministers talk about Environment and Health? Because globally 12.6 million people die prematurely due to environmental causes, like chemicals contamination, water-borne diseases, and air pollution.

UNEP Regional Office for Asia Pacific interview with Mr. Manny Calonzo, Global Lead Paint Elimination Advisor, IPEN


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