The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Helsinki to Singapore – personal observations on the World Conference

Chris Bostic launching TW FCAChris Bostic launching FCA's shadow report, Tobacco Watch, at the WCTOH. (c) FCA By Chris Bostic
Deputy Director, ASH (US)

I returned from Singapore at the end of March fired up.

The 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health had accomplished its main goal – to reinvigorate its constituency. This is vital, since in spite of our collective efforts since 1967 there are more smokers, more deaths and more children being addicted in 2012.

Even the 36 hours of travel to get home could not dampen my determination, and it gave me ample time to reflect on how this conference was a bit different than the previous ones in Helsinki and Washington (I missed Mumbai).

The four main aspects of the conference that stood out for me were:

Latest pictures: March - April 2012

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

View the slideshow to see what our members got up to during March and April 2012.

Declaration of the Latin American and Caribbean delegation to WCTOH 2012

24 March 2012

"... we call on all governments to take the following steps:
 
•         To those who have not yet done so (Argentina, El Salvador, Cuba, and Dominican Republic) ratify the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
•         For those who have ratified we urge you to apply public policies in line with the WHO FCTC and other international standards to guarantee the welfare and health of their countries.
•         We urge all governments to adopt policies for the implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC ensuring the exclusion of the tobacco industry from the negotiation of tobacco control policies, and ensure transparency and mechanisms for anti-corruption policies.

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FCTC-related events at the World Conference

A number of FCTC-related activities are scheduled for the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 20-24 March in Singapore.

These include items on shadow reporting, tobacco and development, accelerating FCTC implementation, women and tobacco use, the draft illicit trade protocol and FCTC tax and price guidelines. See details below, and let us know if you have updates.

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 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.

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.

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.

Tunisian President receives FCA letter

Tunisian pres receives FCA letter-Frédéric Pfyffer  RTS

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (centre) receives a letter from the FCA. Left: Anouar Gharbi, president of the NGO Association droit pour tous; Right:Jean-Charles Rielle, former member of the Swiss parliament and Director of CIPRET-Genève. (c) Frédéric Pfyffer, RTS

 

A letter from the Framework Convention Alliance was hand-delivered to the interim president of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, in early January 2012.

The letter congratulated the leader for his election in December. It also warned about attempts by the tobacco industry to strengthen its influence in the northern African country following the revolution of January 2011.