People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Ten new countries became Parties to the FCTC while 11 countries adopted 100% smokefree laws in all public places, and an additional four countries enacted 100% smokefree regulations at the subnational level.
Over 350 non-governmental organisations are now members of the FCA. The FCA provided leadership, technical expertise and logistical support during key WHO FCTC negotiating meetings and WHO meetings such as the World Health Assembly; the second session of the Conference of the Parties of the FCTC; and regional FCTC and working group meetings whose aim was to develop guidelines on implementation for specific articles of the FCTC.
We also provided strategic planning, policy brief writing, campaign development, and media campaigns. Prior to and during each meeting, the FCA prepared position papers, educational materials, and presentations that were made available to government delegates and to NGO representatives.
Due to the strong involvement of FCA members and partners, the second 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.
Other topics covered in the FCA 2007 Annual Report
• FCA Participation in FCTC Negotiation Sessions and Experts Group Meetings in 2007
• FCA Capacity Building Workshops and other workshops
• The FCTC Monitor: Civil-Society Monitoring of the FCTC
• Grants to Partners in Low Income Countries
• Major FCA Campaigns in 2007
• Vital Air Journalism Award
• FCA’s Presence at Major Conferences
• Regional Coordination
• Strategic Priorities
• Survey and Interview Results and Analysis