The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Governments' participation at FCTC meetings under threat

vertical aerial viewAn FCTC meeting in 2009 (c) FCAAt the Fourth session of the Conference of Parties (COP4) in 2010, a little-noticed decision was adopted: “Harmonisation of travel support available to Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in line with current World Health Organization administrative policies for travel support”.

This decision, while sounding harmless, will have a devastating impact on participation at FCTC-related events.

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.

Gulf countries adopt graphic warnings

Gulf warningsOne of the new graphic warnings From April, six Gulf countries will display graphic warnings on tobacco packages illustrating the effects of smoking cigarettes and shisha.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardisation Organization (GSO), which adopted the labelling standard on 9 August 2011.

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.

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.

FCA gears up for INB5

meeting sign on video screenINB-3 meeting sign (c) FCA, Andrew Kerr
As usual, FCA will have a team of experienced advocates at the upcoming Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (INB5). We will also publish the Bulletin daily newspaper and organise the Death Clock ceremony.

A pre-INB briefing will be held for FCA members at Maison des associations on the afternoon of 28 March.

Madagascar gets graphic warning labels

Madagascar has become the third country in Africa and at least the 46th country/ jurisdiction in the world to require picture-based health warnings for tobacco packages.

The Interministerial Decision was approved on 30 September 2011. It will require picture health warnings on packages of cigarettes and some other tobacco products. The warnings will have to cover 65 percent of the front and back of packages, with the picture on the front and a text message on the back.

NCDs, tobacco control and the FCTC

NCDalliance report coverTobacco is so commonplace - globally more than one-quarter of adults use it - that it is easy to overlook how extraordinarily dangerous it is to human health and well-being.

As the only risk factor common to the four main non-communicable disease (NCD) categories, tobacco use now causes 1 in 6 of all NCD deaths.

Benin advocates discuss Shadow Report with Minister of Justice

shadow reporting story benin 130112Tobacco advocates meet Benin's Minister of Justice. From left: Augustin Faton, Initiative for Education and Tobacco Control; Marie Elyse Gbedo, Minister of Justice; Ernest Gbaguidi, Consumer`s Association; Blandine Sintondji, Women Lawyers Association. (c) IETCIn a shining example of proactive advocacy, members of the NGO Initiative for Education and Tobacco Control met Benin's Minister of Justice and Law, Madame Marie Elyse Gbedo, on 11 January 2012 to discuss their draft shadow report.

During the ½ hour visit "we also drew the attention of the minister to the concerns of civil society on the process of revising the legislative framework on tobacco control", said Augustin Faton, president of the NGO and executive secretary of the association of civil society organisations working for tobacco control in Benin.

 After the review is final, the legislation will be sent to Parliament, said Faton.

During the meeting the Minister also related her own experiences as a civil society actor, and reassured the advocates of her support. She also pledged to take personal charge of the review of the law, according to Augustin.

The shadow report for Benin is expected to be published by 20 February 2012.

FCA's Shadow Reporting campaign

NCD prevention and control: monitoring frameworks and targets

The Political Declaration of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Summit requests WHO develop a comprehensive global monitoring framework and voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of NCDs.