The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

NGOs gear up to accelerate FCTC implementation in The Gambia

Workshop organised by RAID - The Gambia FCAers in The Gambia have launched a two-year project aimed at accelerating sustainable implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the West African country.

UN mission to Congo highlights importance of tobacco taxation

 

Members of the UN missionPolicy on tobacco taxation was a focus of a United Nations mission that visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in July.

Will COP6 be the last FCTC meeting for low-resource Parties?

Banner for COP3Preparations for the sixth session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) are well underway. This includes providing logistical support for all low- and lower-middle-income Parties, so that they can attend COP6.

But this could be the last COP for which such support is provided to 78 low-resource Parties – unless COP6 makes a decision on this matter. 

New Bloomberg funding rightly targets tobacco control ‘on the ground’

By FCA Director Laurent Huber

The $220 million in funding for global tobacco control announced Thursday by Michael Bloomberg is incredibly important. It focuses on low and middle-income countries, which have become centres of the tobacco epidemic, and targets of the voracious tobacco industry.

These countries are also increasingly feeling the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and diabetes, for which tobacco use is the main risk factor. World leaders last year agreed on accelerated implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as a major step in the fight to prevent these killer diseases.

FCA’s five proposals for FCTC mechanisms of assistance

To date, more than 170 countries have become Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Moreover, the recent Political Declaration of the UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) calls in unequivocal terms for the accelerated implementation of the Convention.

Yet continuing challenges to the FCTC’s effective implementation – particularly lack of funding and capacity for tobacco control in low-resource countries – are undermining the success of the tobacco control movement to date.

Benin holds capacity-building workshop

Workshop participants receive powerful tobacco control tools. (c) IECT

On 16-17 June, The Initiative for Education and Tobacco Control (IECT) organised a two-day workshop to strengthen the capacity of non-government organisations (NGOs) to support tobacco control in Benin. 

The event was held with the financial support of the African Tobacco Control Alliance, technical support from the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (the Union) and in collaboration with the Benin Ministry of Health.