Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

The first session of the Conference of the Parties to the
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control


Day 1 - Mon, 6 February

Morning 09:30 - 12:30

During the first day, regional consultations took place.

Afternoon: 12:30 - 18:00

12:45 Dr LEE Jong-wook, WHO's Director-General unveiled the Death Clock, that is currently ticking at 25.7 millions deaths since October 1999.

Unveiling of the Death Clock <br/>by Dr LEE Jong-wook, WHO Director-General
Unveiling of the Death Clock by Dr LEE Jong-wook, WHO Director-General

Dr Lee was introduced by Mary Assunta, member of the Board of Directors of the Framework Convention Alliance. Several members of the nongovernmental organization made some statements.

Dr Lee said, among other things that "Tobacco's death toll has accelerated. It will kill nearly 5 million people this year. (…) And it kills on a massive scale. 100 million people in the twentieth century. Unchecked, it is predicted to kill one billion in this century."

13:00 Press conference, with remarks from:

  • Dr Dr LEE Jong-wook (WHO Director-General);
  • Dr Catherine Le Galès-Camus, (Assistant Director-General, Noncommunicable diseases and mental health);
  • Dr Lassman (speaking on behalf of Mrs Maria Rauch-Kallat: Federal Minister for Health and Women, Austrian EU-Presidency);
  • Mrs B. Thyagarajan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India;
  • Dr Richard Nchabi Kamwi, Member of Parliament (MP), Minister for Health and Social Services of the Republic of Namibia;
  • Honourable Damien O'Connor, Minister of Corrections, Minister of Tourism, Minister for Rural Affairs and Associate Minister of Health, New Zealand.
Dr Lee's opening speech and presentation
Dr Lee's opening speech and presentation

14:00 Dr Lee's opening speech and presentation

Followed by election of the Chair: Ambassador J. Martibit, Permanent Representative of Chile to the Office of the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva (see document: A/FCTC/COP/1/DIV/7).

High-level segment speeches by several representatives

  • South Africa (Ministry of Health)
  • New Zealand (Associate Ministry of Health);
  • Malaysia (Parliamentary Secretary of Ministry of Health);
  • Iran (Deputy Ministry of Health and Medical Education);
  • EU (Austrian Minister of Health and Women);
  • Namibia (Ministry of Health);
  • Australia (Assistant Secretary Drug Strategy Branch; Director Tobacco, Drug Prevention and Youth Policy Section);
  • Canada (Director General International Affairs Directory, Health Canada);
  • Mexico (Undersecretary Consejo Nacional Contra las Adicciones de la Secretaria de Salud);
  • Chile, (Head of the Division de Prevencion Y Control de Enfermedades del Ministerio de Salud);
  • Republic of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Specialized Agencies in Switzerland);
  • Fiji (Chief Executive Officer Ministry of Health);
  • Madagascar (Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Specialized Agencies in Switzerland);
  • Uruguay (Member of Parliament);
  • Botswana (Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Specialized Agencies in Switzerland);
  • Sri Lanka (Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Specialized Agencies in Switzerland);
  • Thailand (President, Thailand Health Promotion Institute);
  • Bangladesh (Joint Secretary Ministry of Health);
  • Burundi (Ministry of Health).
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