INTERNATIONAL SPORTS STARS, FIFA, IOC, FIA AND CDC
JOIN WHO TO LAUNCH TOBACCO FREE SPORTS AS GOVERNMENTS MEET TO
NEGOTIATE TOBACCO TREATY
The World Health
Organization is teaming up with leading sports organizations and
international athletes to launch a global campaign for Tobacco Free
Sports (TFS). The launch comes as 191 governments meet in Geneva to
negotiate an international treaty on tobacco control that seeks strong
global advertising controls.
Tobacco is a
communicated disease – communicated through advertising and
sponsorship. The most pernicious form of this marketing pitch is to be
found in stadia and sports arenas worldwide. Tobacco companies spend
billions every year in using sports to promote their deadly products.
They claim they do not target youth, but in practice ensure that
tobacco sponsorship and advertising flourish at events that are
attractive to youth. WHO and a wide array of partners hope to clean
sports of all forms of tobacco—tobacco consumption and exposure to
second-hand smoke, as well as tobacco advertising, promotion and
of Tobacco Free Sports campaign
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of WHO
Thursday, 22 November from 12h00-13h00
Salle 2, International Conference Centre, Geneva (CICG), 15, rue de
1211 Genève 20.
The United States
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), International
Olympic Committee (IOC), Federation Internationale de Football
Association (FIFA) and Federation Internationale De L’Automobile
Association (FIA) will be joining WHO in the launch of Tobacco Free
Sports. International athletes who will be present include:
- Mr Johann Koss, Norwegian
4-time Olympic gold medalist in speedskating and Chairman of Olympic
- Mr Roger Milla, Cameroon
- Ms Muffy Davis, U.S.
Disabled Ski Team and Paralympic bronze medalist;
- Ms Almira Skripchenko-Lautier,
Moldovian Chess Olympic Team and World Chess Champion;
- Mr Giuseppe Abbagnale, Italian
5-time Rowing World Champion and 2-time Olympic gold medalist;
- Mr Michael Laudrup,
Danish Football Star.
The TFS campaign will
complement actions taken by countries around the world to protect
people from tobacco-related disease and death. The launch coincides
with the third round of negotiations on the Framework Convention on
Tobacco Control (FCTC) by WHO’s Member States. When negotiated and
ratified, the FCTC will be the first legally enforcable international
treaty on tobacco control and will address issues such as advertising,
taxation, smuggling, cessation and research.
The third session of
the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB3) will be held at the
International Conference Centre, Geneva (CICG) in Conference Room 1.
It will open at 09:30 on Thursday, 22 November 2001, and will close no
later than Wednesday, 28 November 2001. Meetings will continue
throughout the weekend.
The Opening Plenary in
Room 1 and the launch of Tobacco Free Sports in Salle 2, both on 22
November, are open to the media. Cameras for the Opening Session will
have to be set up at least 15 minutes before the meeting starts and
will have to be confined to the designated area only. Should any
additional press conferences be scheduled they will be announced at
the CICG as the meeting progresses. All Working Group meetings by
Member States will be closed.
Media with a valid United Nations Press accreditation can attend
events open to the media without registering as long as they display
their Palais badges on the premises of the CICG. All other media must
register at the CICG under the category of General Public. Please
bring a valid form of identification along with your passport. Due to
increased security, this registration will be valid on a day-to-day
Media may register at
WHO headquarters (by the entrance to the Executive Board room) on
Wednesday, 21 November, or at the reception desk at CICG from
Thursday, 22 November. The working hours of the registration desk are:
Wednesday 21 November
08:00-14:00 at WHO headquarters
Thursday 22 November 07:30-18:00 at CICG
Friday to Tuesday 23-27 November 08:30-18:00 at CICG
Wednesday 28 November 08:30-12:30 at CICG
All documents for INB 3 can be consulted at the WHO web site in all
six of the UN languages at: http://www.who.int/gb/fctc/inb3/inb3.html.
more information please contact: Reshma Prakash at 41-22-7913443, fax
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