Convention Secretariat to join ILO in an initiative to combat child labour in tobacco farms

8 March 2017:

The executive body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will meet on 15 March and discuss its relationship with the tobacco industry. This item has been included on the agenda with a view to seeking the guidance of the executive body on any measures the International Labour Office, the ILO’s permanent secretariat, should take in order to prevent interference by the tobacco industry.

In line with provisions of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), and as member of the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) on Prevention and Control of NCDs, ILO has indicated that it will undertake internal consultations with regards to the draft model policy for preventing tobacco industry interference among UN agencies adopted at the seventh meeting of UNIATF. This model policy, accepted for voluntary use by the members of the UNIATF at its meeting in October 2016, was developed and promoted by the Convention Secretariat in collaboration with WHO.

The Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, during a meeting with the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr Guy Ryder, has indicated full commitment of the Convention Secretariat to support alternative means for child labour elimination activities in tobacco growing communities in full conformity with the purpose and objectives of the WHO FCTC and the UNIATF model policy.

An Op-Ed by Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva originally published in the Huffington Post raises awareness of this matter of great importance.