AFRO region mulls tobacco industry interference and transparency of COP8 delegations

12 Sep 2018

WeAFRO Region Transparency Workshopeks ahead of the Eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) and The African Capacity Building Foundation held an informal coordination workshop with FCTC focal points and stakeholders in Africa. Participants reflected on how to ensure maximum transparency for all delegations (Parties to the COP, observers to the COP and subsidiary bodies) attending the Conference of the Parties and other meetings of the WHO FCTC.

Speaking at the event in Lomé, Togo, FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson explained that Africa is important in tobacco control for many reasons: “It is nearly the only region in the world where we can still hope to prevent the tobacco use epidemic in several countries.”

FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson speaks at Transparency Workshop in Lomé, Togo

Director of Cabinet Ministry of Health Togo, Mme Eugenie Midamegbe Akakpo (left) and FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson (right)

Tobacco use is increasing in many low-and-middle-income countries where approximately 80% of the world’s one billion smokers live. Parties to the COP should step up action to address the epidemic.

In setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties to the COP should act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of tobacco industry in accordance with national law; as stipulated in Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC.

Video (French) embedded below: SIKKA TV’s coverage of the event

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