Tobacco control gets sharper focus at seventieth World Health Assembly

Tobacco control efforts will be highlighted at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in Geneva from May 22-31, with the Secretariat and Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) underlining their key role in achieving the UN’s development agenda.

A series of speeches, events and high-level meetings organized by or involving the Convention Secretariat include a major contribution from the President of the treaty’s Conference of the Parties (COP), Mr Chandra Kishore Mishra of India.

Ottawa: WHO and the Convention Secretariat become co-custodians of SDG target 3.a

The fifth meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), was held from 28 to 31 March 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. The IAEG-SDGs was created in March 2015 by the United Nations Statistical Commission, and is composed of Member States, with regional and international agencies as observers. UN agencies and secretariats of some international treaties also attend the plenary sessions of its meetings as observers. The Convention Secretariat attended the meeting for the first time.

The aim of the IAEG-SDGs is to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development at the global level, and to support its implementation.

Convention Secretariat to join ILO in an initiative to combat child labour in tobacco farms

The executive body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will meet on 15 March and discuss its relationship with the tobacco industry. This item has been included on the agenda with a view to seeking the guidance of the executive body on any measures the International Labour Office, the ILO’s permanent secretariat, should take in order to prevent interference by the tobacco industry.

The Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, during a meeting with the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr Guy Ryder, has indicated full commitment of the Convention Secretariat to support alternative means for child labour elimination activities in tobacco growing communities in full conformity with the purpose and objectives of the WHO FCTC and the UNIATF model policy.

Upcoming events

12 – 14 June 2017, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Global Meeting on the Implementation of Articles 17 and 18 of the WHO FCTC: Taking action to protect tobacco farmers and the environment

20 – 22 June 2017, Luanda, Angola – Technical meeting on preparation of official reports on implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

16 – 18 August 2017, New Delhi, India – Inter-Party and expert consultation on smokeless tobacco control policy

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