WTO rules and the implementation of the WHO FCTC are not incompatible

Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has publicly explained that WTO rules and the implementation of the WHO FCTC are not incompatible. He was speaking at the Fifth High-Level Symposium on Global Health Diplomacy, “Ten years after the Doha Declaration: the future agenda at the interface of public health, innovation and trade”, organized by the Global Health Programme of the Graduate Institute of Geneva on 23 November 2011.

The Director-General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, speaking at the same symposium, said that the international community had a responsibility to take a stand against big tobacco, and to support countries that were taking measures to protect their populations. A video of the symposium is available, with the intervention by Dr Chan to be found between 15:20 and 16:30 minutes, and that by Mr Lamy between 32:13 and 34:25 minutes.

On 21 November 2011, Mr Lamy and Dr Haik Nikogosian, Head of the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC (pictured together here), met to review areas of intersection between trade and tobacco control, in line with the decision of the Conference of the Parties requesting cooperation between the Secretariat and WTO.