Implementation of the WHO FCTC high on the agenda of the 70th World Health Assembly
From 22 to 31 May, the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in the Palais des Nations, in Geneva (Switzerland). It was an excellent opportunity for the WHO FCTC Secretariat to actively participate in the debate under various agenda items and advocate for a global implementation of the treaty as well as for organizing and being part of different side events.
FCTC Secretariat joins forces with development partners on World No Tobacco Day
The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has joined with other leading tobacco control partners to amplify the message of World No Tobacco Day 2017.
The event, held on May 31 every year, is marked around the globe and is this year entitled: Tobacco – a threat to development. The campaign emphasizes not only the raw human, economic and environmental costs imposed by tobacco, but also its destructive effects on development efforts. Recent estimates suggest tobacco costs more than 7 million lives a year and inflicts more than US$ 1 trillion of economic damage.
Tobacco control gets sharper focus at seventieth World Health Assembly
Tobacco control efforts will be highlighted at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in Geneva from May 22-31, with the Secretariat and Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) underlining their key role in achieving the UN’s development agenda.
A series of speeches, events and high-level meetings organized by or involving the Convention Secretariat include a major contribution from the President of the treaty’s Conference of the Parties (COP), Mr Chandra Kishore Mishra of India.