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World No Tobacco Day 2017 policy debate on "Tobacco: A Threat to Development"

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
World No Tobacco Day 2017 policy debate on "Tobacco: A Threat to Development"

On World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2017, SFP along with several public health organisations will organise a policy debate on this year's WNTD theme, "Tobacco: a threat to Development", hosted by Linda McAvan MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Development Committee. 

Join us with high level speakers including Health Commissioner Andriukaitis and representatives of the WHO, the World Bank and international tobacco control advocates to discuss the importance of tobacco control to sustainable development.



• Dr. Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
• Kristina Mauer-Stender, Program Manager for Tobacco Control, World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe
• Aida Liha Matejicek, Head of Unit DEVCO B4 – Education, Health, Research, Culture, DG for International Cooperation and Development
• Patricio Marquez, Lead Health Specialist, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank
• Tih Ntiabang, Framework Convention Alliance Regional Coordinator for the AFRO Region
• Laura Graen, Journalist and tobacco control expert, Unfairtobacco
• Prof. Martin Raw, Director, International Centre for Tobacco Cessation 

Event background and objective

The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco: A threat to development” in recognition of the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens.

This debate aims to raise awareness of the harm of tobacco production and consumption; to discuss the European Union’s role and contribution in development policies that can ease the burden of tobacco in developing countries. Participants will be invited to reflect on the short, medium and long term measures that could be put into place in the EU in order to meet the Sustainable Development agenda, in particular SDG 3 of ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages.

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