People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
FCTC: Action Now! Campaign
"Full implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control would bring the single biggest blow to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and respiratory disease."
- WHO Director-General Margaret Chan at the NCD Summit in New York, 19 Sept. 2011
Challenges to the effective implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) – including lack of political will, funding and capacity for tobacco control in low-resource countries – are undermining the success of the tobacco control movement to date.
In 2014, UN member states renewed their commitment to accelerate implementation of the FCTC. In this campaign, FCA is working to turn that pledge into reality at three levels: country level; FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP); and during various international health and development events.
In 2015 we had a number of notable successes. They include having tobacco control included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), endorsed by the member states of the United Nations.
- Published on 10 March 2015
It is now apparent that progress on tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs*) has been insufficient and uneven. Countries are only slowly moving from their commitments toward action, including allocating resources.
So when the World Health Organization announced plans to set up a working group on financing for NCDs, expectations soared. After two high-level United Nations meetings on NCDs, it was thought that smaller group discussions could generate some progress.
- Published on 13 January 2015
FCA is joining hundreds of global organisations in launching the Action/2015 campaign to call for health measures (including tobacco control) to be included in the new global goals for human development.
In joining the Action/2015 campaign FCA released a video (below) stressing that health must become a global priority.
- Published on 20 December 2014
On 8 December, two dozen FCAers from around the world came together virtually to discuss the importance of 2015 for putting tobacco control on the global development agenda. The webinar featured four speakers, who addressed topics including the recent UN Secretary-General’s synthesis report on the new development goals.