Promoting Tobacco Industry Monitoring Among the parties to the WHO FCTC

 

A webinar on ‘Promoting Tobacco Industry Monitoring Among the parties to the WHO FCTC’, organized by the WHO FCTC and GGTC (Global Centre for Good Governance) was held on 15th December 16, 2020 with the participation of a number of representatives from all around the world. The objectives of organizing this event were to encourage and promote tobacco industry monitoring, in line with the guidelines from the FCTC Article 5.3 and to share the expertise from the current observatories.

 

Eleven members from different countries and organizations spoke of the importance, support, success, challenges, obstacles they have faced when working as tobacco monitoring observatories. Some of the main topics discussed were global strategies to implement FCTC Article 5.3, how to gather and analyze information from the observatories, tools which can be used to raise awareness and the new challenges the programme has to face due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

 

Representing the South Asian region, Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya, founding director of CCT Sri Lanka, gave a speech on ‘What it means to be an observatory’, in which he spoke about how to establish and run an observatory. With his experience from running the observatory in Sri Lanka, which is now expanded to incorporate the South Asia Region, Dr. Mahesh emphasized on networking, funding, researching,, disseminating and countering as the key facts to be considered.