ECOSOC calls for UN-wide coherence on WHO FCTC implementation

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a landmark resolution, during its substantive session of 2012, on UN-wide coherence and interagency coordination to provide multisectoral implementation assistance to Member States on tobacco control. The resolution follows the report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control (IATF), which was based on the outcome of the ninth and special meeting of the IATF held in February at WHO headquarters in Geneva. The resolution, among other issues, recalls the obligation of Parties to the WHO FCTC to set up comprehensive, multisectoral national control strategies, plans and programmes, with support from the Convention Secretariat, upon request; and encourages the United Nations funds, agencies and programmes to contribute to the goals of the Convention, including through multisectoral assistance and the integration of implementation efforts within the United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks at country level.