People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- July 3, 2014
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.
Three new global partners will represent three constituencies – namely risk factors, mental/neurological health, and health system delivery. FCA joins to represent the risk factor group.
“I am very pleased that FCA is joining the NCD Alliance as a global partner,” said FCA Director Laurent Huber. “Reducing smoking is critical to achieving the global target of reducing premature mortality from NCDs by 25 percent by the year 2025.”
Accelerate FCTC implementation
“The partnership of the FCA and the NCD Alliance will help accelerate the implementation of the FCTC and bring us closer to achieving this important mortality reduction target,” added Laurent.
According to Cary Adams, Chair of the NCD Alliance: “In light of the significant role FCA has played since the very beginning of the NCD Alliance, we believe FCA will add significant value to the strategy, operations and growing network of the NCD Alliance.”
He added: “The importance of tobacco control and the WHO FCTC in the NCD and sustainable development agenda has never been more evident.”
The NCD Alliance was founded by four international NGO federations representing the four main NCDs – cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease. The Alliance unites a network of over 2,000 civil society organisations in more than 170 countries. Its mission is to combat the NCD epidemic by putting health at the centre of all policies.
In 2011 the NCD Alliance and FCA published the paper NCDs, tobacco control and the FCTC.
FCA's video about ensuring that NCDs, and tobacco control, are a global health and development priority.