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.

Future Tobacco Control Strategy at Heart of Dr da Costa e Silva’s New York Talks

Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, Head of the Convention Secretariat at the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), met with key partners in New York to plan future strategy, especially considering that tobacco control has been placed at the heart of the global development agenda.

The message was communicated during a busy week of high-level meetings from February 20–24 with senior United Nations officials at the UN Secretariat, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Statistics Division and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Dr da Costa e Silva was also invited to present an update on the WHO FCTC during the Partner Meeting of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.

FCTC 2030 bolsters tobacco control in developing countries

Convention Secretariat offers new support to strengthen implementation of the WHO FCTC.

Developing countries are being encouraged to apply for a newly funded project for individually tailored assistance to implement the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the 180-Party international tobacco control treaty.

Applications are sought by Monday, 6 March from Parties to the Convention that are eligible to receive official development assistance and that are committed to accelerate WHO FCTC implementation.

Upcoming events

4 – 6 April 2017, Geneva, Switzerland – First meeting of the Bureau elected by COP7 (closed meeting)

3 – 5 May 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – South-South and Triangular Cooperation for the Implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC

9 – 11 May 2017, Montevideo, Uruguay – Third Meeting on South–south and triangular cooperation to promote implementation of the WHO FCTC

16 – 18 May 2017, Amman, Jordan – Multisectoral workshop for WHO FCTC Parties in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to promote entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

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