IPPIC supports UN Global Alliance to eliminate lead paint

11 May 2015

The International Paint & Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) is working with the United Nations’ Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP) to promote the establishment of appropriate national regulatory frameworks to stop the manufacture, import, export, sale and use of lead paints and products coated with lead paints. Most recently, an IPPIC representative supported GAELP activities and took the stage at the Global Citizen Earth Day event held on April 18 at the National Mall in at Washington, D.C.

IPPIC representative Marie Clarke joined Don Cheadle, actor, activist, and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP), Patty Beneke, director and regional representative of the UNEP regional office for North America, Walker Smith, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Global Affairs and Policy and Dr Ana Boischio, advisor on toxicology at the World Health Organization regional office for the Americas/the Pan American Health Organization.

The UN’s World Environment Day will be held on June 5.

The UN GAELP is a voluntary partnership established to help achieve international goals to prevent children’s exposure to lead paint and to minimise occupational exposures to lead paint. The broad objective of the alliance is to promote a phase-out of the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead and to eventually eliminate the risks that such paints pose.

IPPIC comprises paint and printing ink trade associations representing Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. IPPIC provides a forum for information exchange and cooperation on the major issues and priorities facing the paint and printing ink industries worldwide.

IPPIC’s support for the alliance focuses on key initiatives that align with and are integrated into GAELP’s Business Plan.

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