People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
What is the Framework Convention Alliance?
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The FCA was created in 1999 and formally established in 2003. It is made up of over 350 organisations from more than 100 countries working on the development, ratification and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The WHO FCTC is the world’s first modern-day global public health treaty, and requires parties to adopt a comprehensive range of measures designed to reduce the devastating health and economic impacts of tobacco.
The FCA’s vision is a world free from the devastating health, social, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco and tobacco use.
The FCA is a civil society alliance whose mission is to help develop and implement the FCTC as the basis for effective global tobacco control.
- Societal change: FCA is dedicated to serving the interest of the public, campaigning to change society.
- Action oriented, valuing effectiveness: FCA believes in being results oriented, responsive, innovative and creative in achieving its mission. FCA strives to constantly learn and to seek ways to improve its work and impact.
- Diversity: FCA strives to be inclusive, diverse, representative and gender sensitive.
- Collective approach: FCA values unity, cooperation and collaboration based on collective trust; where everyone is respected and has something to contribute, and every member organization has equal rights.
- Consensus building and democratic: FCA strives for consensus in decision making, valuing a participatory and inclusive approach.
- Accountability: FCA believes in transparency and accountability.
FCA’s strategic priorities are to:
- Promote and support tobacco control through the development and implementation of the FCTC, its protocols and guidelines as a global health priority.
- Strengthen and influence the FCTC process.
- Mobilize and strengthen the regional and local civil society capacity in support of FCTC.
- Monitor the implementation of the FCTC, its guidelines and protocols.
- Strengthen FCA institutional capacity to enable it to meet the strategic priorities.
- Monitor the activities of the tobacco industry.
What we've accomplished
Since its first informal meetings in the late 1990s to discuss a future global tobacco control treaty, the FCA has grown to an alliance of more than 350 organisations in over 100 countries. The Alliance was instrumental in developing the WHO FCTC and, despite increasingly scarce resources in the new millennium, in leading the global tobacco control community to shift its focus toward implementation of the Convention.
Among our particular achievements are:
- Created an organisation founded on the principles of diversity, gender balance and equality.
- Ensured that NGOs with wide and varied expertise in all areas of tobacco control attended FCTC negotiating meetings.
- Enhanced FCA members’ ability to actively influence FCTC protocols and implementation guidelines.
- Assisted in the development and adoption of effective evidence-based guidelines on implementation of the FCTC – including Article 5.3 (industry interference), Art. 6 (price and tax measures – recommendations only), Art. 8 (protection from second-hand smoke), Art. 9&10 (regulation and disclosure of contents), Art. 11 (packaging and labelling), Art. 12 (education and awareness), Art. 13 (advertising and promotion) and Art. 14 (demand reduction measures)..
- Assisted countries to become Parties to the FCTC. (There were more than 175 Parties in 2013).
- Demonstrated expertise as a credible voice in global tobacco control so that we are able to positively influence sessions of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP). The outcomes of COP5 in 2012 included: adoption of a protocol on illicit trade [link to website campaign], adoption of guiding principles and recommendations on FCTC Art. 6; creation of a working group to strengthen sustainable implementation of the Convention.