After several years of negotiations the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been adopted in September 2015 in New York. We raised concerns, if the noble goals could truly be implemented.
This year the German government started to adjust its sustainability strategy. More than 30 civil society organisations, also BLUE 21, have published a joint position paper to voice their demands on the Federal Government for this process.
Most importantly for our work is this paragraph:
In order to counter non-communicable diseases and reduce the number of early deaths caused by them, preventive measures as well as an effective regulation of the food, alcohol and tobacco industries are required to improve people‘s eating, drinking, smoking and exercise habits.
It is about nothing less than a considerable change of policy, because an „effective regulation of the […] tobacco industries“ means amongst others the comprehensive implementation fo the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.