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144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
7.3 Engagement with non-State actors

Thank you for the opportunity to deliver this statement on behalf of WHF supported by Bloomberg’s STOP Initiative- Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), a tobacco industry watchdog comprised of The University of Bath, The Global Centre for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, South-East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), and The Union. An open letter has also been sent to all members of the Executive Board.

We thank the Director-General (DG) for his report on the status of implementation of the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA) .

We can recall that the Philip Morris funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) pointed to the DGs report on challenges in interpreting “those that ‘further the interests of the tobacco industry,” and is using such uncertainty to question WHO’s stand,”

The WHO FCTC and the decisions of its governing body provides clarity on “furthering tobacco industry interests:” Those who receive funding from the tobacco industry are deemed furthering its interest.

In light of the global partnership initiatives to attain the SDGs, WHO must take the lead in implementing the Model policy for agencies of the United Nations (UN) system on preventing tobacco industry interference, .

And with the aggressive networking of the PMI funded entity; potential SDG partners/NSAs must be informed that WHO will not partner with grantees of the PMI funded entity.

We look forward to supporting WHO in these efforts.