UN System supporting Article 5.3 about non-interference of tobacco industry
The Board of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) showed strong support of Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), when considering UNGC integrity measures at its meeting on 19 July 2017.
The Board strongly supported measures to align the organization’s exclusionary criteria with the UN system in the spirit of WHO FCTC, in case of tobacco, as expressed in the UNGC Board Meeting Report:
“It was also agreed that when communicating about the decision to exclude tobacco companies from participation in the UN Global Compact, it should be made clear that the decision was taken in line with the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, but not as a direct result”.
Engagement with tobacco industry conflicting with UN principles and values
“ For many years, global tobacco’s ruling barons have cloaked themselves as good global citizens, softly spoken executives well-versed in the reassuring language of corporate social responsibility.
They have masqueraded as partners for decent and well-meaning programmes designed to improve the lot of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. And you can see what they gain: an invitation to speak to decision-makers at the highest levels, which offers an aura of respectability and feeds the narrative of responsible partnership.”
Dr da Costa e Silva wrote in a statement in the context of the integrity review of the UN Global Compact about tobacco industry participation that was published in the WHO FCTC website and in her Huffpost blog.
Implementation of the WHO FCTC high on the agenda of the 70th World Health Assembly
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