The 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health will be conducted on 26-29 October 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
The conference is the world's largest gathering of clinicians and public health workers, health programme managers, policymakers, researchers and advocates working to end the suffering caused by lung disease, with a focus specifically on the challenges faced by the low- and middle-income countries. Of the 10 million people who die each year from lung diseases, some 80 per cent live in these resource-limited countries.
It is the first occasion that a COP meeting is being held in India and signals a strong and generous commitment of the Government of India to increase international co-operation and awareness of the WHO FCTC globally and especially in the WHO South-East Asia Region.
The meetings, jointly organised by the Government of India and the Convention Secretariat, will take place at the India Expo Centre & Mart in Noida, southeast of New Delhi. COP7 will be held from 7-12 November 2016, with the MOP1 scheduled from 14-16 November 2016.
The 11th APACT Conference on Tobacco or Health 2016 will be held on September 23-25, 2016 in Beijing, China.
The conference will address the importance of tobacco control for health promotion and disease control. The representatives of the APACT nations or regions are expected to share their experiences and knowledge in the field of tobacco control during the event in order to further set forth the implementation of the WHO FCTC, and to contribute to preventing chronic diseases, controlling tobacco use, and protecting people's health in the Asian-Pacific regions.
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WHO FCTC, 12 July 2016 – An international tribunal has upheld the sovereign authority of states to protect health through tobacco control. The World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has confirmed that tobacco control measures applied by the Government of Uruguay did not violate the terms of an investment agreement between Uruguay and Switzerland, under which the dispute was initiated.
The decision was informed by a joint submission or amicus brief, from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Secretariat. The brief provided an overview of global tobacco control, including the role of the WHO FCTC. It set out the public health evidence underlying Uruguay's tobacco packaging and labelling laws and detailed state practice in implementing similar measures.
SEATCA, 12 July 2016 – The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) congratulates Uruguay in its historic win against legal challenges brought about by tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI).
In February 2010, PMI filed a case against Uruguay with the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), challenging its comprehensive anti-tobacco legislation.
AP, 08 July 2016 – Tobacco giant Philip Morris has lost an international dispute surrounding the sale of cigarettes in Uruguay and must continue to cover packs sold in the South American country with graphic warning labels and restrict its branding practices, President Tabare Vazquez announced Friday.
In a televised address, Vazquez said the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes rejected a challenge by Philip Morris to his government's strict anti-smoking policies, calling it a victory for efforts to protect public health and his country's national sovereignty.
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is the goal of regional economic integration by 2015 in Southeast Asia. AEC envisages the following key characteristics:
The AEC areas of cooperation include human resources development and capacity building; recognition of professional qualifications; closer consultation on macroeconomic and financial policies; trade financing measures; enhanced infrastructure and communications connectivity; development of electronic transactions through e-ASEAN; integrating industries across the region to promote regional sourcing; and enhancing private sector involvement for the building of the AEC.
The ASEAN Leaders adopted the ASEAN Economic Blueprint at the 13th ASEAN Summit on 20 November 2007 in Singapore to serve as a coherent master plan guiding the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community 2015.
Source: ASEAN website