The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCTC: Action Now! Campaign

Global Action Plan on NCDs must recognise the FCTC


The Framework Convention Alliance is calling on WHO and Member States to explicitly recognise the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the global action plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), 2013-2020.

FCA is currently attending the third round of informal consultations in Geneva on the revised draft action plan, which will replace the 2008-2013 plan.

In its submission, the Alliance calls on the plan to be strengthened by:

  • Explicitly recognising the FCTC Conference of the Parties as the governing body for global tobacco control;
  • Ensuring that FCTC provisions on multi-sectoral action on global tobacco control (FCTC Article 5) are fully implemented and become strengthened through multi-sectoral action on NCDs;
  • Explicitly recognising the legally binding nature of the FCTC and its provisions.

FCA also notes:

  • While drafting continues on the revised NCD Global Action Plan, FCTC Parties have an obligation to implement its provisions now:  FCTC requirements are immediate.
  • While the NCD process and its targets are mostly on a voluntary basis, the FCTC is a legally binding treaty: its provisions are mandatory.

A final draft of the revised plan will be submitted for consideration by Member States at the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly (20-28 May 2013).

See also:

FCA's complete recommendations.

FCA's campaign: FCTC: Action Now!

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