Global Governance: Health

Source: SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

It is interesting that the global warming industry often likens people who question the warming agenda to those who challenge the black and white, cause and effect view of tobacco and cancer and the junk science often used by the anti-tobacco zealots. (I am not denying that smoking can cause cancer but obviously everyone who smokes does not get cancer, otherwise smoking would be a self eliminating activity. Disclaimer: I have never smoked and hate the smell of stale tobacco, but I do not deny the rights of smokers to enjoy their own choice of recreation)

The UN are now applying the tactics of global warming to the rights of people over the globe to enjoy their own pleasures. Here are some familiar phrases:

  • “delegates failed to reach consensus “
  • “they were still working toward the treaty’s long-held goal”
  • “Delegates were still struggling to find language…….on which they could agree before a final session
  • “We are not there yet and time is running out. But I am optimistic,”
  • “Philip Morris and the tobacco growers’ lobby say identifying and restricting additives would cost millions of jobs and harm emerging economies around the world.”
  • Public health officials countered that tobacco producers can switch to other crops, (alternative fuels?) and said millions of lives could be saved by reducing smoking.

Of course the WHO is yet another arm of the UN, with its own army of bureaucrats intent on global control:

Governance of global health
“The financial crisis underscored, in a dramatic way, the need for better governance of international systems. But governance mechanisms for international health work were being discussed long before the financial crisis. The argument is straightforward. The assets the world has at its disposal to improve health could be deployed much more effectively if they were better governed.”

They even have their own “COP’s “, (Conference of the the Parties)

Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHOFTCC) compare with UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC)

The Treaty

(WHO FCTC) is the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization. The WHO FCTC is an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health. The WHO FCTC represents a paradigm shift in developing a regulatory strategy to address addictive substances; in contrast to previous drug control treaties, the WHO FCTC asserts the importance of demand reduction strategies as well as supply issues.

The WHO FCTC was developed in response to the globalization of the tobacco epidemic. The spread of the tobacco epidemic is facilitated through a variety of complex factors with cross-border effects, including trade liberalization and direct foreign investment. Other factors such as global marketing, transnational tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and the international movement of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes have also contributed to the explosive increase in tobacco use.

The core demand reduction provisions in the WHO FCTC are contained in articles 6-14:

? Price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco, and

? Non-price measures to reduce the demand for tobacco

Global anti-smoking rules agreed

“Public health officials from around the world agreed this week on some new anti-smoking rules, but others which could have sharply reduced global tobacco consumption remained out of reach at an international conference.

Host Uruguay won unanimous support from the 171 countries that have signed on to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control treaty, encouraging President Jose Mujica to promise a fierce defence of the country’s tough anti-smoking policies against a legal challenge by Philip Morris International, the world’s second-largest tobacco company.

Delegates at the World Health Organisation-sponsored meeting also agreed that smoking cessation programmes should be paid for by national health systems and that governments should train experts to help more smokers quit.”

More and more control of the minutiae of our daily lives is being conceded to the UN. In the UK, people are only just waking up to how the European Union model has already achieved this, little by little, with the full connivance of successive generations of politicians. The global warming agenda, with its attempts to control individual energy usage, is the most powerful of all the tools given to the UN by our politicians. It must be stopped, but do not be deceived by the apparent failure of the Copenhagen Conference and the projected failure of the upcoming Cancun Conference. The UN leeches will release their grip so easily.