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10 years ago, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) entered into force. The convention was negotiated under the former Director General, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, and is the first global health treaty. Last Friday, 27 February 2015, this was duly celebrated with high-level presence by both Member states and NGOs. Director General, Dr Margaret Chan opened the meeting by stating...

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The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) marks a milestone in global health governance and, in the Norwegian experience, offers legal protection, said Ambassador Steffen Kongstad, at the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention.

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Statements by the Norwegian Delegation, 25.01.2015

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The 136th session of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board took place in Geneva in the end of January. Despite not being a member of the board this year, Norway participated actively throughout the meeting.

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On Monday 19 January 2015 the Second Global Status Report on NCDs was launched. The report shows that the majority of premature deaths from NCDs occur in low and middle income countries. This underlines NCDs as a major developing issue.

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Camp Moyamba, Sierra Leone. 
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Last week the WHO hosted a three-day conference on FMTs, with special attention to their role in the ongoing Ebola-crisis. Both past and current challenges were discussed in an effort to better handle the current crisis, and be better prepared for future ones.

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Sunday 25th of January prior to the 136 Executive Board meeting, a special session on Ebola was held at headquarters of the WHO. There was broad consensus among member states that the Ebola outbreak has highlighted the need for further reform of the WHO in order to put the organization in a position to handle future outbreaks with more efficiency and determination. The UN’s special envoy on...

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The 136th session of the World Health Organization Executive Board took place at the WHO headquarters in Geneva from January 25 to February 3 2015. Central items on the agenda included WHO reform, non-communicable diseases and strengthening of health systems. Here we have published key statements by Norway, as well as some joint statements.

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Statement by Ambassador Steffen Kongstad, Monday 19 January 2015

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