The Convention Secretariat’s engagement during the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (Convention Secretariat) will be actively involved in the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH 2018) that will take place from the 7th to the 9th of March 2018.

Yesterday the Convention Secretariat had a meeting with the FCTC 2030 parties. Today, the Convention Secretariat have launched the WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and the Tobacco Industry Observatory and the campaign to promote COP8 that will take place from 1-6 October.

Convention Secretariat celebrates 50th Needs Assessment Mission for the implementation of the WHO FCTC as Zambia mission ends

WHO FCTC Secretariat

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

Dr Tedros delivering his opening speech at the WHO Global Conference on NCDs in Montevideo, Uruguay
WHO/D. Licona

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).

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