Theme: Tobacco and lung health
Call for nominations has been extended until Friday, March 15th 2019, 13:00 EDT
The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for nominations for the World No Tobacco Day Awards of individuals or organizations for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. Nominations from the Region of the Americas will be received by the Regional Office for the Americas.
There will be a maximum of six World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) awards per WHO region. Two of the awardees might be granted special recognition by means of a WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award.
Guidelines for nominations
Who can make nominations
- Anyone can submit names for consideration.
Who can be nominated
- Nominees can be individuals or a collective (e.g., a nongovernmental organization devoted to tobacco control) or a government department/Ministry that has made outstanding contribution to tobacco control.
- The nominee must have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the policies and measures contained in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its guidelines, particularly in relation to the theme of World No Tobacco Day.
- WHO is also committed to achieving a gender balance in WNTD awardees, and for this round of nominations it is strongly encouraged that the contributions of women to the field of tobacco control be strongly considered.
Who cannot be nominated
- WHO or other United Nations staff and their relatives.
- People or collectives employed by or involved with the tobacco industry and their relatives.
- People or collectives who had received a World No Tobacco Day award in the two previous years.
How to submit a nomination
The content of the nomination should not exceed 200 words, and a maximum of 2 testimonial letters of endorsement will be accepted. Nominations must be written in one of the six official WHO languages (English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese or Russian). The nomination form must be typed; handwritten forms will not be accepted. For nominations from other Regions, please see below the list of WHO Regional Offices contacts.
The call for nominations has been extended until Friday, March 15th 2019, 13:00 EDT
On each nomination form, you will need to provide the following information:
- Complete name of the nominee.
- Title of the nominee, if a person.
- Gender of the nominee, if a person.
- Address of the nominee, including email or phone.
- Language to be used on the correspondence with nominees and on the certificates.
- Complete name of the nominator.
- Title of the nominator, if a person.
- Address of the nominator, including email or phone.
- In addition to the description of the achievement, we also strongly encourage testimonial letters from up to two individuals (other than the nominator) who support the nomination. These testimonial letters are an integral part of the nomination process since they help to paint a complete picture of your nominee for the members of the Selection Committee. NOTE: we do not contact the originators of the testimonial letters."
- Detailed description of the reason for the nomination, including the dates of the actions. Possible reasons are:
- The nomination can be for a particular action, or for a group of actions, or for the body of a nominee's work in the area of tobacco control at any local, national, regional or international level.
- The nominee may have set a meritorious (or distinctive) example for others in the tobacco control movement.
- The nominee may have overcome a big obstacle in achieving the objective for which he or she is considered worthy of a World No Tobacco Day award.
- The nominee may have demonstrated outstanding leadership or commitment or been particularly innovative in his or her approach to tobacco control.
- The nominee may have brought particular resources or knowledge or expertise to bear on tobacco control.
- The nominee may have made an outstanding contribution to tobacco control as a crucial measure to rolling back noncommunicable diseases to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages).
- Nominations for reasons based on the regular parliamentary or administrative work of nominees (in an official or personal capacity), e.g. the hosting or chairing of meetings, will not be considered.
A committee formed by Director of the WHO Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (PND), Programme Manager of the Tobacco Free Initiative, a representative from the Convention Secretariat of the WHO FCTC and the six Regional Advisers will examine the nominations and will select up to six candidates per region based on merit.
While making the shortlist the committee may agree on a set of shortlisting criteria. Any recommendation to award the FCTC focal point in the government should only be made if he/ she has made outstanding contribution to advance FCTC implementation and not just for routine work or participation in COP and Working group meetings.
Each regional list will be submitted for approval of the respective WHO Regional Director (RD). After approval from the RD, the list will be submitted to the WHO Director-General (DG) for confirmation. This committee will also recommend to the DG the two nominees for the WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award from among the list of the RDs approved lists.
Nepotism and favoritism are not allowed.