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COP6 update: the FCTC is a key tool to ensuring healthy lives for all

By Shana Narula

*Next year, when the WHO FCTC celebrates its 10th anniversary, it looks hopeful that the United Nations will recognise the treaty as the first “means of implementation” for the proposed new global health goal: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

This is the draft text of one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be adopted in 2015. The SDGs cover every aspect of global development, from poverty eradication to the elimination of hunger, and from human rights to climate change.

COP6 update: In the spotlight - tobacco industry interference in the COP

By John Stewart and Tamar Lawrence-Samuel
Corporate Accountability International

*The COP has been very tough about excluding the public. Justifiably so, as the public badge was being carried by so few genuine members of the public it might as well have been renamed ‘tobacco industry representative’. 

The problem is that the industry is already inside the COP with a seat at the table on many delegations.

COP6 update: An increase in the excise tax does not reduce government revenue

By Evan Blecher, American Cancer Society and Corne van Walbeek, School of Economics, University of Cape Town

*An increase in tobacco taxes is good for public health because an increase in the excise tax increases the retail price of tobacco, which in turn reduces tobacco consumption and smoking prevalence.

COP6 update: Learning from key global health initiatives for the FCTC

By Dr Peter Piot1, Dr K Srinath Reddy2 and Shoba John3

*A decade since its adoption, a fair number of Parties have begun to take measures to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The 2014 Global Progress Report, however, reveals the overall implementation rate of the Convention to be only 54 percent. Clearly, implementation of the world’s first public health treaty is yet to gain momentum.

Uruguay’s FCTC Knowledge Hub holds first meeting

Montevideo, Uruguay during COP4, 2010.By Eduardo Bianco
FCA Director, Americas

Uruguay’s FCTC knowledge hub is a potential “gold mine” for development of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.