Resolutions

WPR/RC60.R4

Regional Action Plan for the Tobacco Free Initiative in the Western Pacific (2010–2014)

The Regional Committee,

Acknowledging that the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that has been ratified by all eligible parties in the Western Pacific Region is the overarching framework for curbing the tobacco epidemic;

Concerned about regional trends of high tobacco use (smoke and smokeless), the increase in the uptake of tobacco among women and girls, and the high levels of exposure of children and young people to second-hand smoke at home and in public places;

Cognizant of the need to strengthen current efforts towards complete implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and meeting the deadlines in the articles of the convention;

Mindful of the need to protect public policy from interference by the tobacco industry;

Having reviewed the draft Regional Action Plan for the Tobacco Free Initiative in the Western Pacific Region (2010–2014),[1]

1. ENDORSES the Regional Action Plan for the Tobacco Free Initiative in the Western Pacific (2010–2014) as a guide for the development and implementation of national action plans on tobacco control for the next five years;

2. URGES Member States:

(1) to develop or update national action plans or equivalents;

(2) to establish or strengthen existing national coordinating mechanisms to implement their national action plans or equivalents;

(3) to work towards complete implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and to meet the deadlines in the articles of the Convention;

(4) to increase the availability and use of reliable adult and youth tobacco use data for policy and action;

(5) to strengthen demand-reduction measures;

(6) to develop country-specific strategies, which are gender sensitive, that will result in the reduction of tobacco use by 10% from the most recent prevalence baseline in adults and youth by 2014;

3. REQUESTS the Regional Director:

(1) to provide technical guidance, tools and assistance towards the development and implementation of national plans of action and national coordinating mechanisms;

(2) to support country efforts to achieve complete implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and to meet the deadlines in the articles of the Convention;

(3) to support further development of surveillance systems for tobacco control;

(4) to build capacity in countries to enable strong demand-reduction measures;

(5) to provide technical guidance, tools and assistance to support country-specific strategies, which are gender sensitive, that will result in the reduction of tobacco use by 10% from the most recent prevalence baseline in adults and youth by 2014;

(6) to undertake a review of progress in implementation of the Regional Action Plan for the Tobacco Free Initiative of the Western Pacific (2010–2014) to be submitted to the Regional Committee in 2012.

Sixth meeting
WPR/RC60/SR/6



[1] Annex 1 of document WPR/RC60/7.

24 September 2009


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