Oh the irony

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Helen Clark hates tobacco…she is perhaps the politician who hated tobacco the most and went out other way to pass legislation and control tobacco, is now facing embarrassment after cuddling up to a big tobacco company:

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has been criticised for her role in granting a business award to India’s biggest tobacco company.

Clark, who is now head of the United Nations Development Agency, presented India’s largest cigarette maker, ITC (formerly Indian Tobacco Company) with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) highest prize for improving the environment and removing poverty.

“The award is possibly the biggest travesty of justice even by the UN and the World Bank’s weak ethical standards,” Pranay Lal of Union Southeast Asia, a lobby group fighting tuberculosis and lung disease.

Writing on India’s Daily News and Analysis website, he said ITC was primarily a cigarette maker and tobacco trader although it now claims to be a diversified company selling soap, biscuits and hospitality.

He asked why the UN, the World Bank or even the World Health Organisation continue to partner and recognise perverse industries like tobacco companies.

“The answer is simply – money. Starved of public financing, the UN agencies rely upon ‘voluntary’ contributions like donors, private philanthropies and companies.”

Oh the irony…Helen Clark is cuddling up to big tobacco to fund her pet projects now.


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