People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- April 14, 2013
In 2008 10 new countries became Parties to the FCTC and 35 countries adopted 100% smokefree laws in all public places. Governments also made positive decisions through the FCTC that will help reduce tobacco consumption around the world.
We also provided leadership, technical expertise and logistical support during key FCTC negotiations and WHO meetings, as well as regional working group and expert group meetings.
FCA contributed strategic planning, policy brief writing, campaign development, and media campaigns. Prior to and during each meeting, we developed policy position papers, educational materials, and presentations that were made available to government delegates as well as NGO representatives.
Also, thanks to the strong involvement of FCA members and partners, the third session of the Conference of the Parties—the governing body of the FCTC—was a major success this year and countries made many critical decisions that will have a positive impact on the implementation of the Treaty and global public health.
Through FCA workshops and grants programs to NGOs in low income countries, civil society was very active at the national and regional level. In 2008, the FCA organised 19 national and regional workshops that were, as appropriate, conducted in English, French or Spanish.
The work done by civil society has made 2008 a productive and successful year, which will result in millions lives saved in the years to come. However, much work remains to be done in 2009 as more countries are in need of assistance in their efforts to become smokefree, and to develop and implement strong guidelines on enacting advertisement bans and effective anti-tobacco health warnings.
Other topics covered in the FCA 2009 Annual Report
• FCA’s role in the International Tobacco Treaty – the WHO FCTC
• FCA Participation in FCTC Expert Group Meetings in 2008
• FCA Participation FCTC Negotiation Sessions in 2008
• FCA Capacity Building Workshops
• FCA Regional Coordination
• Grants to Partners in Low Income Countries
• FCA FCTC Monitor Project
• FCA New Website and Logo
• Major FCA Campaigns in 2008
• FCA's Presence at Major Conferences
• FCA Excellence and Awards
• FCA 2009 Strategic Plan