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Marketing of breast-milk substitutes: national implementation of the International Code

EDM (Early Day Motion) 532: tabled on 02 June 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 14 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House welcomes the publication by WHO, UNICEF and IBFAN of the 2020 Status Report on the Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (BMS): National Implementation of the International Code; notes that over the past two years, protections against inappropriate marketing of BMS have been strengthened in 44 countries around the world; appreciates that as of April 2020, 136 (70 per cent) of 194 WHO Member States had enacted legal measures with provisions to implement the Code; is disappointed that health facilities and staff around the world are still being targeted through the provision of materials and equipment by companies who have an interest in the promotion of infant formula; notes that the UK only scores 39 out of a possible 100 on implementation of measures covered by the Code, with particular weaknesses in monitoring and enforcement, promotion of BMS in health facilities, and engagement with health workers; calls on the Government to recognise their obligations, both under international human rights law and international agreements, to promote and protect breastfeeding, to eliminate inappropriate marketing practices, to analyse and address weaknesses in existing legislation and act accordingly; believes that such actions must be backed up with appropriate funding; and requests that the Government takes action to fully implement the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and all subsequent resolutions prior to the 40th anniversary of the Code in 2021.