Global Meeting on the implementation of Article 17 and 18 in collaboration with FAO, UNDP and WHO
From 12 June to 14 June, the Secretariat organized a Global Meeting in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to discuss the implementation of Art 17 and 18 which are focusing respectively on economically viable alternative activities for tobacco workers, growers and individual sellers, and the protection of the environment and the health of persons working in tobacco cultivation and manufacture.
The goals of this Global Meeting were firstly to increase awareness of the need to implement Art 17 and 18, share success stories, use existing policy recommendations and identify main gaps and obstacles. The Parties and UN organization representatives then discussed modeling tools to estimate economic outcomes when shifting from tobacco farming to alternative livelihoods.
Each one of the participants of the meeting developed a short term plan of action, which could include conducting a pilot study, and identified how the different stakeholders at national and international level can contribute to this plan of action. In order to assist in the implementation, a shared vision of a medium long term plan was developed by all the participants.
Over 60 representatives from Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Industry/Trade, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Environment from 12 selected tobacco growing countries Parties, and representatives of UN agencies such as FAO, ILO, WHO, UNDP, and UNICEF from Head Quarters and Regional Offices were present at the meeting.