People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
In 2014, UN member states renewed their commitment to accelerate implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). In this campaign, FCA is working to turn that pledge into action at three levels: country level; FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP); and during various international health and development events.
Already 179 countries have become Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), making it one of the most successful international treaties.
Yet challenges to the FCTC’s effective implementation – including lack of funding and capacity for tobacco control in low-resource countries – are undermining the success of the tobacco control movement to date.
Through the FCTC: Action Now! campaign, FCA is working to generate strong commitments simultaneously in the international sphere and at the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) so that tobacco control becomes a reality in countries that are FCTC Parties.
Our work also includes promoting the FCTC within national health and development strategies, such as the UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs).
In 2015, we succeeded in securing strong reference to the FCTC within the post-2015 development agenda, which was finalised in September. In 2016, we continue to support the activity of the FCTC working group on sustainable measures and work with FCA members at country level to elevate tobacco control among national development priorities.
In November 2016, Parties to the FCTC will meet for the seventh Conference of the Parties. We are striving to ensure that the decisions they take will contribute to accelerated implementation of the convention.