WHO FCTC celebrates its 10th anniversary
On 27 February 2015, the WHO FCTC reached the milestone of 10 years since it entered into force: a decade of saving lives. In order to mark the accomplishments of the Parties during this decade, the Convention Secretariat organized an event, on the day of the anniversary, in WHO Headquarters.
Head of the Secretariat discusses implementation of articles 17 &18 with FAO Director General
On February 12, Dr Vera da Costa e Silva, Head of Secretariat, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, met Dr José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Dr da Costa e Silva informed the Director-General of FAO about the decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its session held in Moscow in October 2014 and asked for FAO’s support to the implementation of Policy options and recommendations on economically sustainable alternatives to tobacco growing (in relation to articles 17 and 18 of the WHO FCTC).
The Head of the Convention Secretariat meets the Health Minister of the Gambia
Dr Vera da Costa e Silva met Mr Omar Sey, the Minister of Health of the Gambia during the 136th session of the WHO Executive Board. Dr da Costa e Silva explained the importance of Parties speeding up ratification or accession to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. The Minister stated that he is committed to taking immediate action on accession upon returning home. He also indicated that he is promoting implementation of the WHO FCTC in the Gambia, as well as advocating for the Convention in regional and international forums.