Tobacco control and the post-2015 development agenda

11 Dec 2014

Cover3 tobacco susdevRead our fact sheet on tobacco and sustainable development

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.

‘Best buy’

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. 

Our Goal

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. 


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