Ottawa: WHO and the Convention Secretariat become co-custodians of SDG target 3.a

The fifth meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), was held from 28 to 31 March 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. The IAEG-SDGs was created in March 2015 by the United Nations Statistical Commission, and is composed of Member States, with regional and international agencies as observers. UN agencies and secretariats of some international treaties also attend the plenary sessions of its meetings as observers. The Convention Secretariat attended the meeting for the first time.

The aim of the IAEG-SDGs is to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development at the global level, and to support its implementation.

Convention Secretariat to join ILO in an initiative to combat child labour in tobacco farms

The executive body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will meet on 15 March and discuss its relationship with the tobacco industry. This item has been included on the agenda with a view to seeking the guidance of the executive body on any measures the International Labour Office, the ILO’s permanent secretariat, should take in order to prevent interference by the tobacco industry.

The Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, during a meeting with the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr Guy Ryder, has indicated full commitment of the Convention Secretariat to support alternative means for child labour elimination activities in tobacco growing communities in full conformity with the purpose and objectives of the WHO FCTC and the UNIATF model policy.

Future Tobacco Control Strategy at Heart of Dr da Costa e Silva’s New York Talks

Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, Head of the Convention Secretariat at the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), met with key partners in New York to plan future strategy, especially considering that tobacco control has been placed at the heart of the global development agenda.

The message was communicated during a busy week of high-level meetings from February 20–24 with senior United Nations officials at the UN Secretariat, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Statistics Division and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Dr da Costa e Silva was also invited to present an update on the WHO FCTC during the Partner Meeting of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.

Upcoming events

3 – 5 May 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – South-South and Triangular Cooperation for the implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC

8 – 10 May 2017, Montevideo, Uruguay – Third Meeting on South–South and Triangular Cooperation to promote implementation of the WHO FCTC

16 – 18 May 2017, Amman, Jordan – Multisectoral workshop for WHO FCTC Parties in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to promote entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

12 – 14 June 2017, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Global Meeting on the Implementation of Articles 17 and 18 of the WHO FCTC: Taking action to protect tobacco farmers and the environment

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