Side event on tackling tobacco industry interference held at COP8

Delegates from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, and Thailand, in collaboration with the Corporate Accountability and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Article 5.3 at the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), organized a side event on “Impact of industry influence and how we can counter it” at the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the FCTC on 04 October 2018, Geneva, Switzerland.

The side event sought to: (1) raise visibility of tobacco industry interference at national and international level, including at the COP; (2) build support for COP decisions on WHO FCTC Article 5.3; and, (3) discuss safeguard measures in protecting the COP from tobacco industry interference.

The following was its line-up of topics and presenters:

Introduction: Utilizing FCTC Art. 5.3 as a powerful tool to counter Big Tobacco’s interference
Chair – Mr. Esteban Solis, Costa Rica
Co-Chair – Ms. Bungon Ritthiphakdee, GGTC, Thailand

Global strategies to undermine WHO FCTC: Utilizing so-called CSR of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, PMI-IMPACT, others
Prof. Anna Gilmore, University of Bath, UK

How tobacco industry is targeting developing countries and responses/ achievement to counter it
Dr. Dorcas Kiptui, Kenya
Mrs. Genevive Epailly / Mr. Ricardo Doti, Panama
Mr. Carlos Cisneros, Ecuador

Opportunities in strengthening the implementation of FCTC Article 5.3 and its Guidelines
Dr. Mary Assunta, GGTC

Advancing WHO FCTC Article 5.3 implementation: Requiring information from the tobacco industry
Mr. Behzad Valizadeh, MOH, Republic of Iran

Exposing tobacco industry interference through COP delegations
Mr. Michél Legendre, Corporate Accountability