COP8 Bulletin Day 4 – Thursday October 4
Celebrate Our Victories – But The Work Is Only Partly Done
Many delegates likely left Committee A yesterday feeling a mixture of relief and frustration. Despite the obvious and shocking delaying tactics of a few delegates, the Committee took a gigantic step forward for FCTC implementation by endorsing the first ever Global Strategy for Tobacco Control. That’s a big deal: identifying priorities from now until 2025, with a clear and ambitious objective of reducing prevalence sharply, will help the COP, the Secretariat and individual Parties organise their work and raise funds. Parties should take a moment to celebrate this important achievement, but should remember that this week’s work is not yet finished. Adopting the Strategy was a first step, but only a first step. As we head into budget and workplan discussions, it’s critical to prioritise activities and funding to reflect our newly agreed Global Strategy – activities that will actually help to close the gap between where we currently stand and the desired future – a world free from tobacco-caused death and disease. And lest anyone forget: the Global Strategy will go nowhere if we do not make significant progress on closing the global resource gap. That requires a collective effort by Parties to put money where their mouth is.