ABA International Law News Chronicles the Global Effort to Restrict Lead Paint

Jay Monteverde speaks at the Lead Paint Alliance workshop in Kingston, Jamaica.

Jay Monteverde, director of Global Environmental Programming for ABA ROLI, wrote about the ABA’s plans to expand its participation in the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (Lead Paint Alliance) in a new International Law News article. The Lead Paint Alliance is a voluntary initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization, and is chaired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Monteverde shared that ABA ROLI will function as the “focal point” for the international implementation of the 2017 ABA resolution on lead paint, which the ABA Section of International Law sponsored.

After the passage of the resolution in August 2017, ABA ROLI and Lead Paint Alliance partners began closely collaborating, with ABA ROLI providing legal support and coordination of pro bono legal expertise from ABA members and legal professionals around the world. At a workshop in Kingston, Jamaica, ABA ROLI introduced the Lead Paint Alliance’s Model Law and Guidance and discussed with leaders from several sectors how Jamaica and the Caribbean can ban lead paint. Read Monteverde’s full article and learn how you can support ABA’s effort to make the world safer with lead paint restrictions.

Nearly two thirds of the world’s countries lack restrictions on lead paint, and as a result, countless individuals are exposed to lead - “a known poison” that is both expensive and dangerous, especially for children. Every year, an estimated $977 billion international dollars of productivity is lost in low- and middle-income countries as a result of the health impacts of toxic lead. Putting restrictions in place to ban lead paint -- a key pathway for lead exposure -- would go a long way towards protecting public health and helping children around the world realize their full potential.