People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- April 1, 2012
joint letter instructing UN country offices to ensure that action to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) features in their work, and that the agencies support countries' efforts to prioritise NCDs.WHO Director-General and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark have issued a
FCA welcomes this letter and stands ready to support the inclusion of NCDs, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and tobacco control in comprehensive national health and development strategies and plans.
NCDs include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and diabetes.
The letter signals the need to keep up the momentum generated in the Political Declaration issued at the UN High-level Meeting on NCDs in September 2011, and marks the growing acceptance of NCDs as a global health and development priority.
The letter concludes: "The development of a comprehensive approach to achieving improved health outcomes is best achieved by multiple sectors and constituencies. Such a comprehensive approach is essential to tackling NCDs and to advance human development."