Ferdinand Strobel, Health & Development Policy Specialist, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji said, “The linkages between trade policies and by extension development policies and the surge of non-communicable diseases in the region are increasingly recognised but remained insufficiently addressed”.
“Health and trade interests are not mutually exclusive, they can work hand in hand and the Law can play a big part in ensuring they do”, he added.
Jonathan Liberman, Director of the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, a WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Knowledge Hub said, “The workshop has brought 10 Pacific Island countries together to support one another in using the law to turn their commitments to address the Pacific NCD crisis into action.
“The workshop is focusing on common challenges across the region including ensuring that different sectors of government work together effectively and that legislation is complied with in practice,” Mr Liberman added.
“Most Pacific Island countries and territories have implemented some form of legal interventions to prevent NCDs and now the focus is on strengthening enforcement,” noted SPC NCD Officer, Solène Bertrand-Protat.
Officials from the legal, trade and health departments attending the five-day workshop are from the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
The workshop ends Friday 5 August.
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