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[English] 2020 Update

Update on the Global Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint

The new 2020 Update on the Global Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint reports new laws, new tools, and new momentum on progress toward laws to eliminate lead paint in 2020. Available in English and Spanish, the Update also describes activity and results by region.  As of 31 December 2020, 79 countries have confirmed that they have legally binding controls on lead in paint, which is 41% of all countries. Since October 2019, Colombia, Lebanon and Vietnam established new laws to address lead in paint; China updated an existing law; and the status of Ecuador, Pakistan and Qatar in WHO’s database was updated to reflect existing laws.

This update is provided annually by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) in support of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (Lead Paint Alliance). UN Environment and the World Health Organization (WHO) serve as the joint Secretariat for this international voluntary, collaborative initiative. The goal of the Lead Paint Alliance is for all countries to have lead paint laws in place.