The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Four months till COP7!

Handing out the FCA daily Bulletin at COP6The seventh session of the Conference of Parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is just four months away. COP7 will take place 7-12 November 2016, in New Delhi.

FCTC reporting under review in 2016

Parties at FCTC COP6, 2014.While Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are expected to submit their progress reports by 15 April, discussions later this year could change the shape of future reporting.

Improving how governments track progress on global tobacco control

At their last meeting on global tobacco control, the world’s governments recognised that more needs to be done to assess how well they are putting in place the measures they committed to as Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC): what progress has been achieved, where Parties lag behind and on which areas they need to focus.

FCTC reporting procedure updated

WHO chief Margaret Chan delivers a speech at COP5.A key responsibility of Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is to report progress on implementing the Convention*. Via these reports – which are completed in questionnaire format – Parties can share information on their successes and about the obstacles that they face.

Reporting also improves information-sharing and can lead to better monitoring of the tobacco industry's activities.

FCA in the news: Diversity in FCTC implementation in the EU

FCA Director Laurent Huber WNTD 2011 WEBFCA Director Laurent Huber.
FCA Director Laurent Huber is quoted in a recent Lancet Oncology online article:

“France has failed to see major decreases in tobacco use due to a lack of tobacco tax increases”, says Laurent Huber (Framework Convention Alliance). “The UK and Ireland are leading the way when it comes to FCTC implementation, while Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Germany are clearly lagging behind”, adds Huber.

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.

Colombia combats tobacco epidemic

The Colombian government has signed tobacco control legislation to protect its citizens from tobacco use, making the country a regional leader in fighting the tobacco epidemic.