United Nations Interagency Task Force on NCDs (UNIATF)


The Secretariat of the WHO FCTC and UNIATF

Since 2013, the Convention Secretariat has been an independent member of UNIATF and ensures that implementation of the WHO FCTC remains a key focus.

Milestones

2017

The campus of the United Nations Office at Vienna becomes 100% smoke free;

International Labour Organization includes cooperation with tobacco sector and the Model Policy to prevent tobacco industry interference among UN agencies in the agenda of the 329th session of the governing body.

2016

The Convention Secretariat advocates a smoke-free UN campus;

The Convention Secretariat takes the lead in developing the Model Policy to prevent tobacco industry interference among UN agencies and presents it to the sixth meeting of UNIATF in February;

The Convention Secretariat contributes to the 2016 ECOSOC report on the work of the Task Force, which calls on UNIATF members to support implementation of Target 3.a of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to create smoke-free premises and to adopt the Model Policy on preventing tobacco industry interference. In the same report, a matrix on UN collaboration to support Convention implementation is developed and the role of the Convention Secretariat is highlighted;

The Model Policy is adopted by the seventh meeting of the Task Force in October.

2015

Fundamental conflicts of interest between the tobacco industry and provisions of the WHO FCTC are discussed during the fifth meeting.

2013

Establishment of UNIATF by the UN Secretary-General. UNIATF’s terms of reference are adopted by ECOSOC in July 2014.

WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the prevention and control of NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD)

Following decision FCTC/COP6(19), the Convention Secretariat was accepted as an independent member of the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the prevention and control of NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD) on 10 May 2016.

The scope and purpose of GCM/NCD is to facilitate and enhance the coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement and action across sectors at the local, national, regional and global levels in order to contribute to the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020.

International intergovernmental and nongovernmental organization observers to the COP

International intergovernmental and nongovernmental organization observers have played an important role in promoting Convention implementation at all levels. The Convention Secretariat also strengthened collaboration and coordination with UNDP, WHO and other observers to COP at all levels and across different areas to assist Parties in the implementation of the WHO FCTC.

Contact us

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