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The WHO FCTC at 10: making a very big difference

Dr Judith MackayDr Judith Mackay
Senior Policy Advisor, WHO
Policy Advisor, World Lung Foundation/ Bloomberg
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Along with the late Ruth Roemer and Allyn Taylor, I was privileged to be part of the birth of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in 1993, when the idea of a Convention was thought to be an impossible dream.

Welcome new FCA board members!

Nonguebzanga Maxime Compaoré

My name is Nonguebzanga Maxime Compaoré. I’m a citizen of Norway with roots in Burkina Faso, West Africa. I am privileged to be an FCA Board member representing the EURO Region. 

The FCTC in 2025: what needs to happen in the next decade?

By Framework Convention Alliance

It may be helpful to imagine the FCTC as a rapidly growing child. It came into the world 10 years ago, kicking and screaming but with some promising DNA: the various articles of the Convention.

Working group on sustainable measures: a test of the FCTC’s success

Yvona TousBy Yvona Tous
FCA Policy Advisor

The ultimate measure of the impact of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is whether it leads to a reduction in tobacco use prevalence, as well as a significant drop in the disease and death caused by tobacco use. But there are other ways to gauge the FCTC’s success.

The FCTC is 10: should we celebrate?

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan

February 27 will mark the 10th anniversary of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global public health treaty.

Today the FCTC has 180 Parties, making it among the most widely-adopted international instruments. About 90 percent of the world’s population falls under the FCTC’s protections. The creators of the Convention were bold in their intentions – “to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption.”