Webinar: Tobacco endgame is imperative for sustainable development

[Watch webinar recording] [Listen or download audio podcast] The theme of 2017 World No Tobacco Day could not have been better: Tobacco is a threat to development. The World Health Organization (WHO) too believes that this theme will demonstrate the threat the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens.


Governments of over 190 nations had committed to achieve the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 at the UN General Assembly in September 2015. Over 180 countries have also ratified the global tobacco treaty (WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control or FCTC).

It is important to highlight the links between tobacco use and sustainable development. Governments should not only implement tobacco control effectively but also integrate tobacco control in broad range of health and development responses at all levels. According to the WHO, all countries benefit from successfully controlling the tobacco epidemic, above all by protecting their citizens from the harms of tobacco use and reducing its economic toll on national economies.

Join us on Friday, 19th May 2017, in a special webinar on this issue with noted experts.

This World No Tobacco Day 2017 webinar is dedicated to the memory of our mentor, colleague, friend and inspiration: Yul Francisco Dorado, a fearless tobacco control and human rights leader from Bogota, Colombia, whose timeless legacy continues to guide us in our work. Yul was the Latin America Director of the Corporate Accountability International and part of Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) leadership.

Date: Friday, 19th May 2017
Time: 1pm - 2pm Geneva time
(check your local time: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ )

Session I: Experts' Presentations
(1pm - 1:25pm Geneva time)
Experts:
  • [Watch 8:00 - 18:45 of webinar recording] [Presentation] Professor (Dr) Rama Kant, WHO Director General's WNTD Awardee 2005; 2012 President of Association of Surgeons of India; former Vice President SAARC Surgeons; and founder-President of Vote For Health (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking)
Session II (open) (1:25pm - 2pm Geneva time)
[Watch 50:03 - 1:16:00 of webinar recording]
Panelists
  • Michelle Syonne Reyes Palmones, Technical Advisor (Philippines), International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union)
  • Professor (Dr) Rama Kant, WHO Director General's WNTD Awardee 2005; 2012 President of Association of Surgeons of India; former Vice President SAARC Surgeons; and founder-President of Vote For Health (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking)
  • Cloe Franko, Senior International Organizer, Challenge Big Tobacco, Corporate Accountability International; and Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) leadership 
  • Dr Sanghamitra Pati, Director, Regional Medical Resource Centre, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
  • Rahul Dwivedi, Director, Vote For Health campaign, Asha Parivar

Moderators:
  • Ashok Ramsarup, International award-winning former Senior Programme Producer, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), South Africa
  • Shobha Shukla, Managing Editor, CNS (Citizen News Service)

Welcome onboard!

Thanks

CNS Webinars Team
Email: webinar@citizen-news.org

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