WHO’s Director-General Urges Swifter Action on Tobacco Control

Dr Tedros delivering his opening speech at the WHO Global Conference on NCDs in Montevideo, Uruguay
WHO/D. Licona

Global tobacco control efforts are gaining accelerated momentum following a series of interventions by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s new Director-General.

In speeches around the world during his first months in office including in all WHO Regional Committees, Dr Tedros has made clear the importance he attaches to the entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, and to speedier implementation of its parent treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Tobacco industry interference at the heart of the ILO Governing Body meeting

Photo © Crozet / ILO

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Governing Body is meeting in Geneva from 26 October to 9 November to discuss its cooperation with the tobacco industry.

Following the UNIATF draft model policy of September, UN Agencies were asked to review their own policy in order to permanently ban tobacco industry participation.

The Convention Secretariat and nearly 200 public health organizations and labour rights groups worldwide are encouraging ILO to follow the model policy and definitely sever ties with the tobacco industry.

Beating NCDs through scaling up FCTC implementation

WHO FCTC Secretariat

The Convention Secretariat has offered its experience to assist the global struggle in reducing premature death from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Speaking at the WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable diseases in Montevideo on October 18, Dr Vera da Costa e Silva told delegates that implementation of the WHO FCTC had generated a wealth of knowledge which could greatly benefit the campaign to cut NCD death rates.

The Montevideo Conference is expected to provide guidance to Member States, adopt a set of global initiatives to accelerate countries’ progress, exchange national experience and strengthen the health sector as the key advocate for enhancing policy coherence.

Seven More Parties Needed for Illicit Trade Protocol Ratification

WHO FCTC Secretariat
WHO FCTC Secretariat

The Convention Secretariat invites Parties to the WHO FCTC to ratify the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. The Protocol now requires action from seven Parties to reach the 40 needed for its entry into force and for its first ever Meeting of the Parties (MOP1).

In order to participate at MOP1 and enjoy full rights, Parties must deposit the instrument of ratification with the UN Treaty Section at the latest by 2 July 2018.

The website has been updated in order to guide Parties through the ratification process.

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