The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Sri Lankan media trained on tobacco control

Sri lanka media training photoA model of Sri Lanka's future plain tobacco packages. (c) Nissanka WijeratneA two-day media training programme on reporting about tobacco control was held recently in Sri Lanka.

Organised by Jeewaka Foundation in collaboration with the National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol (NATA) at the Sri Lanka Press Institute, Colombo, the training touched on a number of topics:

FCA urges 'FCTC acceleration' in RIO+20 document

Renewed political commitment to sustainable development at all levels–social, economic, and environmental–is critical to address emerging global challenges and achieve progress on internationally agreed development goals.

FCA urges the Rio+20 Conference Secretariat and the participating countries to consider the adoption of the following statement in the Conference Final Declaration:

FCA staff will be active at 15th WCTOH

FCA staff will be involved in numerous activities at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 20-24 March in Singapore.

To date, these include items on shadow reporting, accelerating FCTC implementation, the draft illicit trade protocol, FCTC tax and price guidelines. See details below, and please check back soon for updates.

FCA members take action for FCTC implementation in Sri Lanka

On 10 January the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) of Sri Lanka, along with the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA), organised a meeting to push for accelerated implementation in the country of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Supported by a grant from FCA, the meeting reviewed the outcomes of the United Nations NCD Summit in September 2011. Its aim was to stimulate discussions on a multi-year plan to tackle tobacco use.

Governments' participation at FCTC meetings under threat

vertical aerial viewAn FCTC meeting in 2009 (c) FCAAt the Fourth session of the Conference of Parties (COP4) in 2010, a little-noticed decision was adopted: “Harmonisation of travel support available to Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in line with current World Health Organization administrative policies for travel support”.

This decision, while sounding harmless, will have a devastating impact on participation at FCTC-related events.

States stress 2012 deadline for NCDs targets

At the United Nations High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (‘NCD Summit’) last September world leaders agreed to develop targets for tackling NCDs, as well as a monitoring framework, by the end of 2012. To meet this deadline, it was expected that proposals would have to be agreed at the 65th meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2012.

Gulf countries adopt graphic warnings

Gulf warningsOne of the new graphic warnings From April, six Gulf countries will display graphic warnings on tobacco packages illustrating the effects of smoking cigarettes and shisha.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardisation Organization (GSO), which adopted the labelling standard on 9 August 2011.

Latest pictures: January-February 2012

Every month Framework Convention Alliance members work hard in the fight for global tobacco control.

Click an image below to see what our members got up to during January and February 2012.

FCA at the World Conference (WCTOH)

In March, FCA will attend the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) in Singapore. The Conference has been held every three years since 1967, and is a chance for researchers, advocates and public health officials to better coordinate their efforts in combating the tobacco epidemic.

FCA gears up for INB5

meeting sign on video screenINB-3 meeting sign (c) FCA, Andrew Kerr
As usual, FCA will have a team of experienced advocates at the upcoming Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (INB5). We will also publish the Bulletin daily newspaper and organise the Death Clock ceremony.

A pre-INB briefing will be held for FCA members at Maison des associations on the afternoon of 28 March.