29 Jun 2012
The outcomes document – The Future we Want – of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, contains some important points for tobacco control advocates.
Paragraphs 138-146 recognise health as “a precondition for, an outcome of, and indicator of all three dimensions of sustainable development”, while also recognising non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a sustainable development challenge.
Tobacco use is a major risk factor for the four main groups of NCDs.
It’s important that advocates use/reference this document, particularly when:
- Establishing working relationships with UN Country Teams, highlighting the importance of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as a tool for development. We are calling for UN-wide support for FCTC implementation, via the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) or any other development plans.
- Reaching out to multilateral agencies on the importance of tobacco control, by presenting the tobacco epidemic as a health AND development challenge with a solution – the FCTC.
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