2015 crucial for the future of the FCTC and tobacco control

12 Dec 2014

Next year is the deadline to achieve the existing global developments goals – the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – and also the start date for the new goals, which have been in the works for the past two years.

These negotiations will culminate in September, when the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. As the webinar emphasised, the SDGs will have a significant impact on what development issues will be addressed at country level, and on how resources are allocated.

As a result, it is essential that tobacco control advocates start working together now, at the country level, at the UN and globally, to ensure that the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and non-communicable diseases* (NCDs) are included in the SDGs.

FCTC omitted from synthesis report

Unfortunately, tobacco control and the FCTC were omitted from the recently released Secretary-General’s synthesis report, despite the treaty being part of an earlier proposal for SDGs agreed by many governments. FCA is responding strongly to this omission, stressing the importance of the FCTC as a cost-effective tool to address the growing burden of NCDs, mostly in developing countries.

In addition we will be responding to another report on financing sustainable development, to highlight the role that tobacco taxes can play.

What you can do:

  • Contact us if you are interested in advocating for tobacco control and the FCTC during your country’s negotiations of the SDGs. For example: you could send a letter to officials in government to alert them about the omission of the FCTC.
  • To respond to the Secretary General’s report on post-2015, please click here.
  • To respond to the SDSN’s Financing for Sustainable Development report click here.

If you are interested in getting involved and need any assistance, or want more information on this campaign, contact Shana Narula, Post-2015 Campaign Coordinator – narulas(at)fctc.org.

* NCDs cause nearly 2/3 of global deaths today, and it is estimated that they will cost the world economy US$30 trillion by 2031. Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to four major NCDs: cancers, cardiovascular and lung disease, and diabetes.

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