Our submission to China’s report to UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Blue Skies China has submitted comments on Hong Kong’s outline report of progress under the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UNICESCR). Click the image or link below to read the pdf.

ICESCR submission


Our submission focuses on health and tobacco control and the failures of Hong Kong’s government to effectively manage key areas of tobacco control, namely:

  • anomalies and inaccuracies in the way it records and presents smoking prevalence;
  • the high levels of secondhand smoke breathed by pedestrians in busy streets;
  • the failure to raise tobacco tax;
  • the failure to tackle illegal smoking; and
  • the failure of tobacco control to stem the tide of illegal cigarette advertising, in particular the prevalence of cigarette packets displayed next to children’s magazines in convenience stores.

Hong Kong’s report will form an advisory base for China’s third report under the UNICESCR.

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About James Ockenden (300 Articles)
Writer, journalist and sustainability consultant with a passion for clean technology and public health. 25 years covering power and energy markets: former editor of Power Plant Technology, International Power Generation, Asian Electricity, Aircraft Economics, Energy Risk, Asia Risk, Benchmark; writer for South China Morning Post, Cathay Dragon's Silkroad, APlus, Veolia's "Planet", Hong Kong Tatler; founder of Blue Skies China. MSocSc in Corporate Environmental Governance, University of Hong Kong; BA & MA degree in Natural Sciences (major in Materials Science & Metallurgy), Cambridge University.
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