In October 2015, the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint held a briefing for governments on "The Elimination of Lead in Paint: How Countries Can Take Action." The event was hosted by the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and co-sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) and the U.S. Government.
The meeting served to educate and raise awareness among countries about the critical issue of lead in paint. It highlighted that paint is the major route of human exposure to lead, especially for children.
The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint is working to achieve its goal to phase out lead in paint by 2020, through:
- outreach events such as this;
- the Toolkit for Establishing Laws for Lead in Residential Paint Exit; and
- other actions to encourage countries to establish national and/or regional legislation to ban lead in paint by the target date.
This event took place as part of the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action. The event report and presentations from the event are available for download below.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
Event Report: The Elimination of Lead in Paint (PDF)(8 pp, 257 K,
Summary of presentations and discussions. Includes agenda and list of participants.
- Overview of the Lead Paint Alliance (United Nations Environment Programme) (PDF)(7 pp, 312 K, 10-29-15)
- The Elimination of Lead in Paint – how countries can take action (Pan American Health Organization) (PDF)(17 pp, 3 MB, 10-29-15)
- Toolkit for Establishing Laws to Control the Use of Lead in Paint (PDF)(5 pp, 925 K, 10-29-15)
Case Study: Canada (PDF)(11 pp, 285 K,
Regulating Lead in Surface Coating Materials in Canada
Case Study: Kenya (PDF)(18 pp, 616 K,
Developing lead paint regulations: Case Study - Kenya
Case Study: Philippines (PDF)(20 pp, 1 MB,
Philippines Moves to Phase Out Lead
Case Study: Uruguay (PDF)(26 pp, 2 MB,
Lead in Paint Case Study: Uruguay