4th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (4th ICHM) adopted Resolutions on Tobacco Control

Date : 22-24 October 2013 Venue : Jakarta - Indonesia

Under the Resolution No. 2/4-ICHM on Healthy Life Style and Prevention and Control of Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases, the 4th ICHM, which was held in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia on 22-24 October 2013, adopted the following three resolutions on tobacco control in OIC Member States:

  • Urges the OIC Member States to take steps on speedy ratification of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), if not done so, and improve the implementation of all MPOWER measures;
  • Invites the Member States to sign and ratify the WHO Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and better coordinate their efforts in fighting illicit trade in tobacco products and also encourage Member States not to host tobacco trade fairs;
  • Calls upon the OIC Member States and relevant national and OIC institutions and civil society organizations to actively cooperate with and participate in the capacity building activities and programmes of SESRIC Tobacco Free OIC initiative.

The Jakarta Declaration which has been adopted by the 4th ICHM also referred to the issue of tobacco control. The Declaration stated:

“We further recognize the increase of mortality associated to non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus and respiratory diseases. We continue to support Member States in their effort to prevent and control NCD and its risk factor, including through the promotion of implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control”.