Lead is among the top ten chemicals of major health concern. One of the main causes of lead exposure is through lead in paint. The continued use of lead paint creates a significant risk especially for children. However, only a few countries globally have enacted comprehensive bans on the use of lead additives in all paints. The situation is similar when it comes to other top chemicals of concern. Why? What were the triggers for governments to change their chemical policies? What are the drivers and barriers of such policies? Which role should the different stakeholders (authorities, industry and civil society) play? How can we strengthen the implementation and enforcement of chemical policies? Are there inspiring examples that we can learn from and what are the success factors that make national policies work? What challenges have still to be overcome?
Alexandra Wandel, Executive Director, World Future Council (Moderator, confirmed)
Dr Jutta Emig, Head of the Division International Chemical Safety, Sustainable Chemistry, German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (confirmed)
Edwin R. Navaluna, Supervising Environmental Management Specialist, Environmental Management Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources, The Philippines (confirmed)
Dr. Tadesse Amera, Co-Chair of the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), and Executive Director of Pesticide Action Nexus Association (PAN-Ethiopia), Ethiopia (confirmed)
Angela Bandemehr, International Program Manager, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is the Chair of the Advisory Council of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (confirmed)