ILO Governing Body to postpone any decision about cooperation with tobacco industry

Geneva, Switzerland
9 November 2017

WHO FCTC Secretariat

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Governing Body was to discuss its cooperation with the tobacco industry following UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) model policy on Prevention and Control of NCDs recommending UN agencies not to get involved with the tobacco sector.

The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and nearly 200 non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations have spoken in favor of the model policy. ILO’s Governing Body has decided today to postpone once again its decision to its next Governing Body meeting in March next year.

The European Union and Asian-Pacific Parties as well as a number of Parties from other regions were very vocal in support to a permanent ban on tobacco industry participation in line with the legal obligations under Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC. Article 5.3 Guidelines recommend Parties not to endorse, support, form partnerships with or participate in activities of the tobacco industry described as socially responsible.

The Convention Secretariat will continue to strive for all UN agencies to sever ties with an industry that is killing more than 7 million people each year.