The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Welcome from the FCA Board, 2017

Maxime CompaoreBy Maxime Compaoré, Chair of the FCA Board

Dear FCAers, dear colleagues,

First of all, I would like to invite you to join me in welcoming Mischa Terzyk. Mischa recently moved to Canada from Brussels, where he worked for a number of years, including with the European industrial workers trade union federation.

He is fluent in four languages: German, English, Spanish and French, and has joined the FCA team to strengthen our policy and advocacy work. Welcome, Mischa!

For the next few years, FCA will continue to roll out its 2020 Strategy. Current and future events on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and development acknowledge the quality of our Strategy and the importance of tobacco control in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We had it right all along!

World No Tobacco Day

The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2017 was Tobacco – a threat to development. The connection between tobacco control and development couldn’t be more clearly emphasised. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all of you for your participation and delivery of multiple activities around the world to make the Day a success.  

This July, a UN High Level Political Forum will review global progress on the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. The focus will be on the health goal, SDG3, as well as other NCD-related targets, including the FCTC-related target (3a). Other major events are scheduled to take place at international, regional and national levels.  

It’s up to all of us to stay alert and maintain the momentum that resulted in the inclusion of the Convention in the SDGs, by ensuring that tobacco control remains a priority of governments as they put their development plans in place. For this to happen, we need to seize the opportunity of upcoming events and bang our advocacy drum loud and clear. We need to further raise the profile of the FCTC.

Engage decision-makers

We must engage policy and decision-makers because the SDGs, and the discussion around them, will be used to set global and national development priorities, particularly in low-income countries.  

In addition to the advocacy work that lies ahead, we will continue consultations to achieve the organisational reforms initiated by the Executive Director under the leadership of the Board of Directors. We hope to finalise the transfer of FCA's legal domicile from Geneva to Ottawa as soon as possible.

Lastly, I would like to insist that you are the FCA. As you are all aware, decisions on the organisation’s priorities and positions on issues are consensus-based. Your views are taken into account only if you participate.  The strength, vitality, reach and success of the Alliance depend on your dynamism and enthusiasm to volunteer, to engage and to respond to calls to actions issued by the Executive Director and his close collaborators.

I encourage you to make your voice heard. Continue to participate in FCA webinars in your region and globally, and join the task forces created to discuss specific FCA issues. Francis, his team and all your peers are here to help.

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