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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FCTC Needs Assessments in Pacific Island Countries – Palau

Participants at Palau's Fun Run, World No Tobacco Day 2011. (c) Dr Caleb Otto.

Palau recently underwent the third needs assessment (NA) in a Pacific Island country that is Party to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Organised by the Framework Convention Secretariat (FCS) and the WHO WPRO Representative Office in Fiji, the assessment took place over three days. The first two days included discussions between FCS representatives and elected and government officials (particularly tobacco control program staff of the Ministry of Health).

Status of parties’ payments for FCTC released

The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) recently published the status of voluntary assessed contributions (VACs) provided by Parties to the FCTC budget.

The document provides an overview of payments made by individual Parties from 2006 until 2011 to finance the work of the Secretariat.