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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Tobacco control, NCDs emerging in UN development talks

By Laurent Huber,
FCA Director

The devastation caused by the tobacco epidemic was highlighted in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September, but much more will need to be done to get tobacco control included in the world's post-2015 development agenda.

"Tobacco consumption, which was left out of the MDGs, has a direct impact on NCDs, and must therefore be separately targeted" in those goals, President Tommy Remengesau of Palau told the Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals.

NCDs Mechanism needs to reflect the WHO FCTC: spread the word!

You might recall the positive outcomes of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May regarding non-communicable diseases* (NCDs). At that time, countries approved ambitious targets, such as cutting tobacco use by 30 percent by 2025. They also adopted a clear road map to do so – the NCD Global Action Plan, which calls for accelerated implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Tell WHO: Strengthen tobacco control in NCD Global Action Plan: 2013-2020

NCDalliance report coverThe World Health Organization (WHO) will conclude consultations on the draft NCD Action Plan this week (29 March).

The Plan will guide global and national response to the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – one of whose main risk factors is tobacco use – over the next eight years.

It is important that the WHO document contains strong references to the FCTC, and the latest draft is a marked improvement on the original in that regard. Still, we have some work to do.