People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
On 25 Sept. 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) agreed on goals that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be used to set the global development agenda, and to decide which countries receive funding, for at least the next 15 years.
Tobacco control is, deservedly, part of the solution. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is a proven, effective ‘best buy’ for fighting deadly non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancers, cardiovascular and lung disease, and diabetes.
The FCTC is already recognised by the World Health Assembly as a key to fighting NCDs, and is included in one proposed set of SDGs.
To ensure that comprehensive tobacco control – as set out in the FCTC and as a major tool for NCD prevention – is recognised as a priority in the post-2015 global development agenda.
Now that the SDGs have been adopted, the focus should shift to convincing national governments that stronger tobacco control will help them to realise their development objectives.
Want to learn more?
- Tobacco use hinders development in many ways
- FCA’s response to the UN Secretary-General’s synthesis report on the SDGs (4 Dec 2014)
- FCA’s response to the report on financing for sustainable development (30 Nov 2014)
- Other campaign resources
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