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COP 10: Action needed to prevent tobacco industry interference in environmental solutions


Wednesday, 07 February 2024

In its 10th session, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)  Conference of the Parties (COP) has, for the first time, the opportunity to support the development of options for using liability to protect the environment, as suggested by the Draft Decision on WHO FCTC Article 19 initially proposed by Oman, Iran, and Pakistan under agenda item 6.5. 

Additionally, a supplementary provisional agenda on Article 18 implementation (Environment) proposes holding the tobacco industry accountable for environmental harms. Both proposals aim to achieve policy coherence by aligning environmental issues with WHO FCTC objectives. This couldn’t be timelier, especially considering the ongoing negotiations for a United Nations treaty to end plastic pollution. 

Read the entire article by SFP Director Lilia Olefir and Deborah Sy, Head of Global Public Policy & Strategy at the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control in Thailand here

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