Engagement with tobacco industry conflicting with UN principles and values

WHO FCTC Secretariat

“ For many years, global tobacco’s ruling barons have cloaked themselves as good global citizens, softly spoken executives well-versed in the reassuring language of corporate social responsibility.

They have masqueraded as partners for decent and well-meaning programmes designed to improve the lot of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. And you can see what they gain: an invitation to speak to decision-makers at the highest levels, which offers an aura of respectability and feeds the narrative of responsible partnership.”

Dr da Costa e Silva wrote in a statement in the context of the integrity review of the UN Global Compact about tobacco industry participation that was published in the WHO FCTC website and in her Huffpost blog.

Implementation of the WHO FCTC high on the agenda of the 70th World Health Assembly

WHO FCTC Secretariat
WHO FCTC Secretariat

From 22 to 31 May, the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in the Palais des Nations, in Geneva (Switzerland). It was an excellent opportunity for the WHO FCTC Secretariat to actively participate in the debate under various agenda items and advocate for a global implementation of the treaty as well as for organizing and being part of different side events.

FCTC Secretariat joins forces with development partners on World No Tobacco Day

The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has joined with other leading tobacco control partners to amplify the message of World No Tobacco Day 2017.

The event, held on May 31 every year, is marked around the globe and is this year entitled: Tobacco – a threat to development. The campaign emphasizes not only the raw human, economic and environmental costs imposed by tobacco, but also its destructive effects on development efforts. Recent estimates suggest tobacco costs more than 7 million lives a year and inflicts more than US$ 1 trillion of economic damage.

Upcoming events

16 – 18 August 2017, New Delhi, India – Inter-country meeting on smokeless tobacco policy

26 – 29 September 2017, Kiev, Ukraine – Needs assessment mission

2 – 6 October 2017, Geneva, Switzerland – Technical Workshop on Tobacco Plain Packaging

10 – 12 October 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia - Multisectoral workshop for Newly Independent States (NIS) Parties to the WHO FCTC to promote entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

14 – 16 November 2017, Geneva, Switzerland, Second meeting of the Bureau elected by COP7

16 – 17 November 2017, Geneva, Switzerland - Protocol expert group meeting

21 – 23 November 2017, Ottawa, Canada - Meeting of the Working Group on measures to strengthen implementation of the Convention through coordination and cooperation

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