Beating NCDs through scaling up FCTC implementation
The Convention Secretariat has offered its experience to assist the global struggle in reducing premature death from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
Speaking at the WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable diseases in Montevideo on October 18, Dr Vera da Costa e Silva told delegates that implementation of the WHO FCTC had generated a wealth of knowledge which could greatly benefit the campaign to cut NCD death rates.
The Montevideo Conference is expected to provide guidance to Member States, adopt a set of global initiatives to accelerate countries’ progress, exchange national experience and strengthen the health sector as the key advocate for enhancing policy coherence.
Eight More Parties Needed for Illicit Trade Protocol Ratification
The Convention Secretariat invites Parties to the WHO FCTC to ratify the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. The Protocol now requires action from eight Parties to reach the 40 needed for its entry into force and for its first ever Meeting of the Parties (MOP1).
In order to participate at MOP1 and enjoy full rights, Parties must deposit the instrument of ratification with the UN Treaty Section at the latest by 2 July 2018.
The website has been updated in order to guide Parties through the ratification process.
UN System supporting Article 5.3 about non-interference of tobacco industry
The Board of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) showed strong support of Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), when considering UNGC integrity measures at its meeting on 19 July 2017.
The Board strongly supported measures to align the organization’s exclusionary criteria with the UN system in the spirit of WHO FCTC, in case of tobacco, as expressed in the UNGC Board Meeting Report:
“It was also agreed that when communicating about the decision to exclude tobacco companies from participation in the UN Global Compact, it should be made clear that the decision was taken in line with the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, but not as a direct result”.