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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FCA's submission to WHO's consultations on commitments made at the 2011 UN NCDs Summit

This submission to WHO's consultations on the commitments made in the September 2011 Political Declaration on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) focuses on:

A comprehensive global monitoring framework, including indicators, and a set of voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of NCDs.

Among other things it recommends: "... the adoption of an overarching goal at the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2012 to reduce preventable deaths from NCDs by 25 per cent by the year 2025".

Options for strengthening and facilitating multisectoral action for the prevention and control of NCDs through partnership.

Among other things it states: "FCA's experience in the field of tobacco control shows that strong and successful tobacco control, for instance tobacco tax policy, requires the commitment and cooperation of numerous sectors: health, trade, customs and finance to name a few; be this at the country level, regionally or globally."

Read the full submission.

World Health Assembly targets killer diseases

The international community has made another important step toward preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. In May, the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a global target on NCDs, which calls for a 25 percent reduction in premature mortality from the diseases by 2025.

Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to the main groups of NCDs. According to the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, tobacco control is one of the key measures that will help countries turn the tide on NCDs. Leading researchers agree that tobacco control interventions and the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) should be at the heart of the global and country-level response to the NCDs epidemic.

FCTC: Action Now! campaign draws crowd at WCTOH

question200pxA question at the FCA workshop. © Cornel Radu-LoghinNearly 100 members of the Framework Convention Alliance and other tobacco control advocates attended the workshop on FCA's campaign, FCTC: Action Now! at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health on Tuesday, 20 March.

Questions had to be limited because of the lack of time, particularly during presentations about national experiences, from: Dennis Rada, Bolivia; Olcott Gunasekera, Sri Lanka, and Ibrahim Maiga Djibo, Niger.