Central Asia: Standards Working Group: Lead Paint Project Sub-Regional Workshop

September 11, 2019 - September 12, 2019

CLDP Standards Working Group identified lead paint as a priority issue for work in 2019. The Working Group first explored the issue in 2017 in regulatory best practices workshops in 2017 and 2018, in which the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) participated as expert-advisors. CLDP and the Working Group have continued working with US EPA which spearheads a global effort to eliminate lead in paint called the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (Lead Paint Alliance). The Lead Paint Alliance has the goal that all countries have lead paint laws. To implement this goal, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) received funding from the Global Environment Facility for a Lead Paint Project and will be working with countries across government ministries with jurisdiction over regulating lead paint to assist with the development of lead paint laws that would put in place legal limits on lead in paint or restrict the use of lead paint additives.

To kick off the GEF project in the Central and Eastern European Region, which includes Central Asian countries, UNEP held a workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 19-20, 2019. In follow up to the workshop, GEF Lead Paint Project countries are expected to conduct national discussions to develop country approaches to eliminate lead paint. In these discussions, it is essential to ensure that the relevant ministries are included that have the legal and regulatory jurisdiction over lead content in paint.

CLDP and US EPA seek to further the GEF Workshop and initiative through, among other efforts, Sub-Regional Workshops in Central Asia and Eastern Europe where and when possible.

The purpose of the Lead Paint Project Sub-Regional Workshop in Central Asia and Eastern Europe is to assist countries in developing national approaches and also possibly consider regional and cooperative approaches as needed in follow up to the GEF Lead Paint Project Regional Workshop in Almaty. Through its work with the Standards Working Group, CLDP would help ensure that standards agencies are represented, as appropriate, and to bolster intra-agency collaboration within the governments of participating countries. CLDP would also facilitate discussions of standards at the regional level. As a result of the effort, Countries in Central Asia and Eastern Europe will begin to develop national and possibly also regional approaches, where appropriate, to eliminating lead paint through the establishment of laws and regulations.

 

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