Contribution of the Convention Secretariat to the technical Meeting to Promote an Exchange of Views on the Further Development and Implementation of the Integrated Strategy to Address Decent Work Deficits in the Tobacco Sector - Kampala, Uganda 3 – 5 July 2019

Convention Secretariat

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was negotiated under WHO Constitutional mandate, becoming the first modern framework convention with specific public health objectives, but also addressing the social, economic and environmental impact of tobacco. It currently covers more than 90 percent of the global population. It is an evidence-based treaty addressing both the supply and demand of tobacco products and reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health. It guides and informs the global tobacco control agenda and is a legally binding instrument.

The FCTC’s governing body, the Conference of the Parties (COP), comprises 181 Parties as of June 2019, 179 of which are ILO Member States. Parties to the Convention have further negotiated and adopted the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (the Protocol) which entered into force in September 2018, becoming a treaty in its own right. To date, the Protocol’s governing body, the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) comprises 53 Parties. Both governing bodies are served by the Convention Secretariat, an entity with programmatic independence hosted by WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, which is mandated as the global authority concerned with implementation of the FCTC and the Protocol.

The special supplement of Tobacco Control Journal on the WHO FCTC impact assessment now published

Secretariat of the WHO FCTC

At the Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in India, Parties to the Convention learned about the outcome of the impact assessment exercise of the treaty, carried out by a group of independent experts upon the mandate from the Conference of the Parties. Since then, the progress has by no means slowed down. The most recent data published in the World Health Statistics 2019 shows that between 2000 and 2016, the worldwide age-standardized prevalence of tobacco smoking among persons aged 15 years and older have decreased by 9 percentage points in men and 5 percentage points in women to reach 34% and 6%, respectively. This period covers most of the time range, during which the WHO FCTC has been enforced (the Convention entered into force in February 2005).

The supplement published today provides a snapshot of the WHO FCTC implementation status in 2016, and is an overview of the progress and impact of the WHO FCTC in its first 10 years of operation.

Convention Secretariat joins UNOG to celebrate WNTD2019 and applauds its smoke and vape-free policy and cessation programme for staff

Secretariat of the WHO FCTC

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) recently announced specific measures to strengthen its smoke and vape-free policy. Following the adoption of the resolution on smoke-free United Nations (UN) premises by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2008 which made all indoor UN premises smoke-free, UNOG has now taken steps to control smoking and vaping within its outdoor premises. Over the last few months, a total of 14 dedicated smoking and vaping shelters have been set up across the Palais des Nations grounds. As a result, smoking and vaping will no longer be permitted anywhere else within the UNOG perimeter.

To mark the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2019, UNOG has also on this day inaugurated a smoking cessation program for its staff members. This programme, which includes individual coaching sessions and cessation medication, is fully reimbursable for members of the United Nations Staff Mutual Insurance Society. In addition, the programme is also open to colleagues from other UN agencies who wish to participate.

Upcoming events

27 – 30 August, N'Djamena, Chad – Launch of the WHO FCTC Investment Case

26 September 2019, Geneva, Switzerland – Second common meeting of the Bureaus elected by COP8 and MOP1 (Closed meeting)

26 – 27 September 2019, Geneva, Switzerland – Second meeting of the Bureau elected by MOP1 (Closed meeting)

26 – 27 September 2019, Geneva, Switzerland – Second meeting of the Bureau elected by COP8 (Closed meeting)

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