Submission of the President of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to the thematic review of the 2020 United Nations High-level Political Forum
“Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”
Key policies and measures to ensure “accelerated action and transformative pathways” for realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development
In 2018, the Eighth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) adopted the Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control: Advancing Sustainable Development through the Implementation of the WHO FCTC 2019–2025 (GS2025). GS2025 will guide implementation of the WHO FCTC through 2025, including the activities of the Parties, the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC and its Protocol (Convention Secretariat) and other stakeholders in support of progress at all levels towards the achievement of Target 3.a of Goal 3 of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs).
To ensure an accelerated action and transformative pathways for realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development, and taking into accounts that Parties have identified tobacco industry interference as the greatest challenge for the implementation of tobacco control policies, the Conference of the Parties (COP) in 2018 adopted a series of measures for preventing further interference by the tobacco industry in public health policies and maximizing transparency of delegations from Parties and observers to the COP, its subsidiary bodies and other WHO FCTC meetings. To fulfill in its entirety the mandates of Article 13 on banning tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorship, it also acknowledged the need to address both national and cross-border tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorship in entertainment media, particularly in the light of technological advancements in the way media is delivered. With that purpose a Working Group to develop specific Guidelines to provide further guidance to Parties, was established.