People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
FCTC: Action Now! Campaign
- April 7, 2014
FCA’s efforts to get tobacco control included in the new goals for global development has scored a number of successes at the United Nations recently.
On 10 March, FCAer Shana Narula spoke at a side event at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 58, called The MDGs, Post-2015 and Beijing+20.
Shana, FCA’s Post-2015 Development Agenda/NCD Campaign Coordinator, highlighted the significant impact of tobacco and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on women’s health. She also stressed the importance of integrating tobacco control, specifically FCTC implementation, and NCDs in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.
NCDs in outcome document
As a result of Shana’s statement and the work of colleagues focused on NCDs, the CSW58 outcome document included NCDs as a major issue for sustainable development and women.
The UN body taking the lead on developing the SDGs (the Open Working Group) recently released drafts of focus areas documents, which highlight the important issues that should be included in the SDGs.
Thanks to the roughly 30 FCA members who contributed to those documents by submitting comments on the World We Want website.
Finally, as a result of our efforts, the NGO major group at the UN included tobacco control and FCTC language in its submission to the Open Working Group. This is the first time that the Group has addressed tobacco control in its advocacy efforts.
- Watch Shana's statement here (at the 40-minute mark).
- Read our past article: Progress on NCDs insufficient: Why?
- Open Working Group's focus areas documents. (Feb. 24, and March 19).