NOODLES at the Central and West Africa Workshop on the Development of National and Regional Regulations and Standards on Lead in Paints

IPEN, in coordination with the Centre de Recherche et d’Education pour le Développement (CREPD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, hosted a Central and West Africa Workshop on the Development of National and Regional Regulations and Standards on Lead in Paints in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Established in 1998, IPEN is currently comprised of 700 participating organizations in 116 countries, primarily developing and transition countries. IPEN brings together leading environmental and public health groups around the world to establish and implement safe chemicals policies and practices that protect human health and the environment (http://www.ipen.org).

NOODLES Cameroon was invited to take part in this workshop as one of the science base non governmental organizations working to protect populations against harmful chemicals in our environnnement.

The Workshop, held at the Cameroonian National Assembly by kind invitation of the Government of Cameroon, featured presentations by the Cameroonian Ministries of Environment, Health and Industry; CREPD; the U.S. EPA and IPEN, amongst others. Presentations and discussions related to the importance of global lead paint elimination, and the Lead Paint Alliance Toolkit for establishing laws to control the use of lead paint. Technical sessions related to conducting paint studies, producing data, and alternatives to lead in paint also transpired. The Workshop relates to IPEN’s project to eliminate lead from paint in four African countries (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Tanzania) and concluded on 9 December, 2016.

The worksop has been an opportunity to meet with parliamentarian and discuss inititatives to protect the health of peoples.

 

First input:

9 December, 2016

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