The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Will COP6 be the last FCTC meeting for low-resource Parties?

Banner for COP3Preparations for the sixth session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) are well underway. This includes providing logistical support for all low- and lower-middle-income Parties, so that they can attend COP6.

But this could be the last COP for which such support is provided to 78 low-resource Parties – unless COP6 makes a decision on this matter. 

UN states reaffirm that tobacco control is key to fighting NCDs


“Tobacco use alone costs the world 1-2 percent of its GDP each year,” Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Program told the UN’s NCD Review on 11 July. We are happy to report that UN Member States took that message to heart, and renewed their commitment to accelerate implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (see the outcome document). 

Sri Lanka to have graphic package warnings – finally!


After years of pressure from tobacco control advocates, and a series of court challenges since 2012, cigarette packages sold in Sri Lanka will have to carry graphic health warnings (GHWs) from 1 January 2015.

The final decision – that 60 percent of the back and front surfaces of all packages must be covered by GHWs – was made in a Supreme Court ruling on 11 July. 

The fight to improve tobacco control in Jamaica – never give up!

By the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control

Jamaican school girl with a message, 2012.Eight years! That was how long it took Jamaica to adopt tobacco control regulations after ratifying the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). 

2005 was a good year for Jamaica: the FCTC was ratified, a series of progressive tax increases were levied on tobacco products, and draft tobacco control legislation was prepared. But for the next eight years there was limited progress on tobacco control in spite of the work of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) and the Ministry of Health.

FCA is newest global partner of the NCD Alliance Steering Group

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) has become the third global partner of the NCD Alliance Steering Group. 

The NCD Alliance announced earlier this year it was expanding its governance structure to include a broader set of voices and representatives from the global non-communicable disease (NCD) community. 

Video: Help ensure the FCTC is highlighted in the UN's NCD Review

FCA needs your help to ensure that the outcome of the NCD Review next month includes implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

 Watch our video to learn more.

Learn how you can take action

We need to maintain strong support for tobacco control at NCD Review

 

On 10-11 July, member states will gather at the United Nations to take stock of the progress made since the NCD Summit in 2011, and to discuss what remains to be done. 

The Summit was a landmark because it recognized the importance of tobacco control in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are responsible for almost two-thirds of all global deaths.*

COP6 countdown: 4 months to go!

There are just under four months to go until the 6th session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties – 13-18 October. The provisional agenda, information about registration, travel support and other documents are now available on the WHO website

FCA General Assembly voting continues through 7 July 2014

The current FCA 9th General Assembly Election 2014 continues through Monday, 7 July 2014, 11:59pm EST.

This election will decide the following THREE posts on the FCA Board of Directors:

Act now: the FCTC must be recognised as essential to fighting NCDs


The Political Declaration of the 2011 United Nations NCD Summit
 called for accelerating implementation of the tobacco control treaty, yet an early draft of the document that will be produced at a review of the NCD Summit in July entirely omits the treaty. This must change!