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


On September 10-11, 2019, in Tbilisi, Georgia, CLDP led a sub-regional workshop highlighting best practices in developing laws to restrict lead in paint. The workshop brought together officials from the CLDP-facilitated Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on Standards with their counterparts in Central Asian and Georgian Ministries of Health and Ministries of the Environment, as well as with advisors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), and non-governmental organizations (NGOS) from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. The workshop featured each participating country’s update regarding progress in implementing the “Country Approaches” outlined and submitted after the previous sub-regional workshop in March 2019, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Participating NGOs provided perspectives on awareness-raising activities among government officials, industry, and the public. Presentations from advisors covered the UNEP’s “Model Law and Guidance” on lead paint regulation, which advocates the U.S.-established and increasingly globally-accepted lead level of 90 parts per million; “Laboratory Capacity, Compliant Paint, and Market Forces;” and existing laboratory networks for testing lead levels in paint. Through its work with the Standards Working Group, CLDP aimed to ensure that standards agencies in the region were represented, as appropriate, and to bolster intra-agency collaboration within the governments of participating countries. Lead exposure is a major contributor to children’s intellectual disability in low- and middle-income countries, translating into costs of $977 billion in such countries (roughly 1.20% of world GDP), significantly affecting health, safety and economic development. CLDP’s work in this area has helped to continue the United States’ leadership in preventing the spread of disease and disability while facilitating and emphasizing intergovernmental, interagency, and public-private cooperation in Central Asia.