Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Governance of tobacco in the 21st century: strengthening national and international policy for global health and development

Place: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Date: 26-27 February 2013

How do international laws and institutions regarding tobacco, trade, investment, agriculture and economic development intersect? What are the implications for global tobacco control efforts? How should public health concerns be taken into account in international economic policymaking? What is the proper balance between a government’s obligations to protect the health of its citizens and other international agreements to which it has subscribed? What are the broader implications for global governance and for global health?

This conference brought together representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, business, and academia to explore these questions with the objective of:

  • Enhancing knowledge, information-sharing, network-building and learning across countries, contexts and policymaking arenas;
  • Identifying strategies to strengthen the governance of tobacco at national and international levels;
  • Fostering greater policy coherence among actors working in health, trade and investment to ensure the protection of global health.

The conference was hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Global Tobacco Control and the Harvard Global Health Institute’s Forum on Global Governance for Health, with advice and support from the World Health Organization.

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