The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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

WHO Director-General Margaret ChanChallenges 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.

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Advocacy on post-2015 goals bears fruit

FCA's Shana NarulaFCA’s efforts to get tobacco control included in the new goals for global development has scored a number of successes at the United Nations recently. 

Pacific Islands making tobacco control a development priority

The Samoa Cancer Society, World No Tobacco Day 2013With the new UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the Pacific sub-region in place, most Pacific island countries are well positioned to advocate for implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as a development priority.

FCA promoting tobacco control at WHO regional committee meetings

FCA representatives have attended four regional meetings of the WHO to date this year, where they spoke on FCTC implementation and other tobacco control issues.

Via informal briefings with delegates, we also ensured that tobacco control was included in discussions on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the post-2015 development agenda.