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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Governments' participation in global tobacco control efforts threatened

A 2010 decision could have a significant impact on some governments' participation in global tobacco control efforts if it's not changed at the upcoming fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

As a result of the decision (officially FCTC/COP4 (21)), taken at COP4, support for low and lower-middle income Parties will be reduced at COP5. And unless changes are introduced, Parties that are classified as Least Developed Counties (LDC) will be eligible for only reduced support after COP5.

NCDs consultation in EMRO in September

WHO and the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health are hosting a conference on the implementation of the UN Political Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases in the EMRO Region, 10-12 September 2012.

Representatives from ministries of health, foreign affairs and planning, the League of Arab States, United Nations funding agencies, programmes and agencies, international financial institutions, development banks and other key international organizations are expected to attend.

The aims of the conference are to:

Honduras and Bolivia lead in making tobacco control a development priority

Bolivia and Honduras have become Latin American leaders at including implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in their national development agendas.

With support from FCA, civil society organisations in both countries have worked successfully in recent months to explain to government officials and international agencies the links between poverty and tobacco use. This work builds upon the Political Declaration of the 2011 UN Summit on NCDs (non-communicable diseases), which recognised the important role tobacco control can play in development.