The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

The NCD Summit: a window of opportunity

It was a privilege and honour for me to represent FCA’s continuing labour and innovative strategies in effective implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) at the Informal Interactive Civil Society Hearing on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at the United Nations General Assembly last week.

I want to share with you selected highlights of the day and discuss potential next steps for FCA action in the now short run-up to the September High-level Meeting on NCDs (often called the NCD Summit).

Meeting with FCTC COP Secretariat

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with Observer status to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Conference of the Parties (COP) were invited to a meeting with the COP Secretariat (FCS) on 20 May.

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) attended the discussion, which focused on how civil society could help advance the decisions taken at COP-4 in 2010.

INB working group to meet 4-8 July

The first session of the informal working group (WG) of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products will be held 4-8 July in Geneva. A second session is scheduled for either the first or third week of October.

UN Summit on NCDs countdown

The UN High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), aka the NCD Summit, is coming up, and to mark this date the NCD Alliance launched its ‘100 Days of Action” campaign along with a daily countdown ticker (see above).

Find out how to get involved and read the NCD Alliance press release.

FCA members receive WNTD awards

Many FCA members received World No Tobacco Day awards for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.

Awards were presented in each of the WHO’s six regions -  Africa, the Americas, South-East Asia, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Pacific. Click Read More to watch an image slideshow of the winners.

Argentina passes tobacco control law!

On 1 June, Argentina's National Congress passed a national tobacco control law. The legislation, which includes 100 per cent smoke-free environments, pictorial warning labels and a tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship comprehensive ban, culminates years of hard work by many tobacco control advocates.

"We would like to thank the international community, especially the Argentinean and the Latin American tobacco control community and legislators and journalists committed to tobacco control, for their support, said Vernonica Schoj of the Argentina Smoke-free Alliance.

"Without (their support), this historical achievement would not have been possible," she added. "This is too much for words."

World No Tobacco Day 2011

Throughout the world FCA members took part in World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), which occurred May 31 and highlighted how the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is helping save lives globally by reducing smoking rates.

View the slideshow above to see what our members got up to. Click on an image to see its full caption details. Don't see your picture? Please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so it can join the slideshow.

FCA receives World No Tobacco Day honour

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is one of three groups that will be honoured by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) as part of this year's World No Tobacco Day campaign.

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is 31 May.

According to the PAHO website, the groups "have all worked to support the development, adoption and implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)".

Nepal passes TC law

Nepal’s government has passed a tobacco control law that’s expected to come into effect this September.

As a result of the law, smoking in public places will be banned and fines enforced for those who ignore the law.