United Nations sustainable development goals and impacts of the tobacco and alternative product sectors
In 2015, the United Nations published 17 sustainable development goals (UN SDGs) and their corresponding targets to be achieved by 2030. The third goal “Good health and wellbeing” specifically refers to tobacco activities with the target to “strengthen the implementation of the WHO/FCTC in all countries”.
The tobacco and alternative product sectors are likely to impact most of the UN SDGs even if some goals are more particularly relevant than others from a social perspective. In 2018, CORESTA decided to support a project with the objectives to i) elaborate a scientific framework for assessing environmental and social impacts of these sectors, ii) identify scientific tools for performance assessment, and iii) measure the gaps between required and available tools.
During the period December 2018 – February 2019, a survey was conducted among and beyond the CORESTA members to better understand the positive and negative impacts of the tobacco and alternative product sectors with regards to the UN SDGs, to collate examples of actions undertaken for enhancing the positive impacts and mitigating or suppressing the negative ones, and finally, to identify the tools and KPIs used to measure and monitor the consequences of these actions. A workshop was organised subsequently in May 2019 to consolidate the contributions to the survey, to identify the needs and to set priorities for a possible work programme.
The conclusions of this project are presented along with sets of tools, assessment frameworks, recommendations and possible implications for future activities of CORESTA and/or other organisations.