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The WFPHA co-signed an open letter calling on delegates of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to reject engagement and partnership with the tobacco industry. This falls in line with The Charter and WFPHA's belief that the public health community must be united to protect the world from tobacco industry interference.

The STOP partners have posted the letter to delegates on and can be read in full HERE.


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The WFPHA has written a letter to the Queensland Premier to support the position of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Doctors for the Environment of Australia (DEA). In this letter, the WFPHA expresses concern for the negative impacts of opening new coal mines on the health of employees, local population, Australia and the world. The WFPHA urges the Queensland Premier to reconsider her decision regarding the opening of new coal mines such as Adani’s Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland. 

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The WFPHA has written a letter to the Pacific Island Forum to express support of the recent Nadi Bay Declaration by the Pacific Island Development Forum declaring a Climate Change Crisis in the Pacific. 

In this letter, the WFPHA:

  • Recognizes the vulnerability of Pacific Island Nations to climate change and urges the Forum to keep climate change at the forefront of discussion.
  • Supports the call to urge States to meet their emission goals as described in the Paris Agreement.
  • Supports the call to cease the opening of new coal mines and phase out existing coal production, especially in Australia.

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The WFPHA is supporting the international humanitarian initiative led by IPPNW that produced the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). 

Adopted on 7 July 2017 by 122 United Nations Member States, the TPNW represents a major step forward in preventing the catastrophic health impacts of any use of nuclear weapons. 

Our current task is to ensure that the treaty enters into force and becomes international law as soon as possible. To date, the TPNW has been signed by 70 States and ratified by 23, and will enter into force after its 50th ratification. 

We hope for a world free of nuclear weapons and believe that our actions as representatives of the health profession can make a big difference in this crucial debate. 

Click here to read the joint statement co-signed by our partner organizations in this endeavor, the World Medical Association (WMA), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).