Decisions at COP7 advance implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

The seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has delivered several significant decisions that will shape the international treaty for the next two years and beyond.

Parties to the Convention, meeting in New Delhi, adopted decisions which enhance implementation of areas linked to development, human rights as well as public health. COP7 had the longest agenda of any COP, indicating the enthusiasm of Parties to the growing role of tobacco control measures.

Human rights experts hear from the Head of the Convention Secretariat

WHO FCTC Secretariat

Human rights experts meeting at the Palais des Nations in Geneva heard how the global tobacco control treaty is increasingly relevant to advances in public health and human rights.

The United Nations Human Rights Council’s Second Session of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEIGWG) on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights heard from Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, Head of the Convention Secretariat, to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Transparency, Yes. Interference, No.

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In the lead up to the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) there are growing signs that the tobacco industry is attempting to interfere with the work being planned in Delhi, 7 – 12 November, 2016.

The Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, writes an opinion piece for the Huffington Post that looks at the history of public health policy development connected to tobacco control. In the early days, the tobacco industry was involved in the process, only to be found out, using their position to confuse and delay.

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