Convention Secretariat celebrates 50th Needs Assessment Mission for the implementation of the WHO FCTC as Zambia mission ends
The 50th needs assessment mission for the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has completed its visit to Zambia, marking a milestone in efforts to assist Parties with their obligations under the treaty.
The international team, led by the Convention Secretariat, and comprising WHO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were in Zambia to work with officials from the Ministry of Health and other government ministries and agencies. The mission also met national stakeholders, the WHO country office and members of the UN Country Team to identify the needs and barriers in the implementation of the Treaty and discuss measures to aid moving forward, as well as the roles and responsibilities of each of the different sectors
The visit was completed on 24 November 2017, eight years after the first needs assessment mission in Lesotho in October 2009.
WHO’s Director-General Urges Swifter Action on Tobacco Control
Global tobacco control efforts are gaining accelerated momentum following a series of interventions by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s new Director-General.
In speeches around the world during his first months in office including in all WHO Regional Committees, Dr Tedros has made clear the importance he attaches to the entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, and to speedier implementation of its parent treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Tobacco industry interference at the heart of the ILO Governing Body meeting
The International Labour Organization (ILO) Governing Body is meeting in Geneva from 26 October to 9 November to discuss its cooperation with the tobacco industry.
Following the UNIATF draft model policy of September, UN Agencies were asked to review their own policy in order to permanently ban tobacco industry participation.
The Convention Secretariat and nearly 200 public health organizations and labour rights groups worldwide are encouraging ILO to follow the model policy and definitely sever ties with the tobacco industry.