With a unanimous vote of 61 for, and 0 against the adoption of the law, all parties and members voted to adopt tobacco control measures, which will include plain packaging, advertisement bans on tobacco products, and increasing and earmarking excise tax. Despite previously expressed reservations or opposition from a number of parties and members, all ultimately voted in support of the law, which will come into force with multi-party support from 2020. This is a terrific outcome for our colleagues in Slovenia and in WHO Europe who have done much to support the progression of the law and its adoption.

Michael Moore

The World Federation of Public Health Associations would like to congratulate our President Michael Moore on his newly received honour. On Australia Day, 26th of January 2017, Prof. Michael Moore became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his significant service to community health, particularly to social policy reform, and to the community of the Australian Capital Territory. The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry, established to recognize Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service.

Prof. Moore said “these things are always also a recognition of those around who offer their support, encouragement and ideas. I have been fortunate for many decades to be surrounded by people working for a better world and fairer, healthier communities. It is part of the joy of working in public health”.

On 11th November 2016, the World Federation of Public Health Associations, along with the 'Asociación Colombiana de Salud Pública', wrote a letter to Dr. Santos, President of the Republic of Colombia, congratulating him for being awarding the Nobel Prize for Peace.

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Dr. Santos has demonstrated to the world that a process of peace-making can be embarked upon even when the situation seems to be blocked from all sides. His actions have provided a signal of hope to all the regions of the world where the majority of people look so desperately for an end to war. In war and civil unrest people cannot live fulfilled happy lives, and even the basic human right to health cannot be achieved. It was for this reason that the WFPHA, in the name of over 100 member organizations representing a wide range of public health professions, chose to take the opportunity to recognize Dr. Santos' achievements.

The Office of the High Commission for Peace, on behalf of the President of Colombia, has subsequently sent a letter to Michael Moore, WFPHA President, thanking the WFPHA for its gesture of support and solidarity. In the letter, it was recognized that the international community is essential to end the conflict and help unite Colombians.

Playing With The Trump Card: Health Has Champions To Stay The Game

In the wake of a surprising election result in favor of Donald Trump, Professor David Stuckler, Richard Horton and various public health leaders from all around the world, discussed the potential impact of the election on health at the 9th European Public Health Conference.

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At the meeting, Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, challenged health leaders to develop a public health manifesto in the period prior to the swearing-in of the President-elect. Of particular interest to public health professionals during Trump's campaign was his pledge to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, which provided over 15 million people, who would otherwise be excluded, access to treatment. He has since stated that he plans to keep some parts of the law intact, but his proposals are still worrying to those who support the principle of universal healthcare. The European Public Health Association and World Federation of Public Health Associations have committed to writing the manifesto, which will be published in The Lancet, and to ensure that Trump promotes public health during his time in office.