The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Shadow reporting

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.

Progress in the Netherlands

2nd Dutch Shadow Report coverThe Netherlands is showing progress in complying with the obligations in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) since it ratified the treaty in 2005. However, there is still work to do, according to the latest Dutch shadow report.

Framework Convention Alliance Director Laurent Huber said the report’s findings demonstrate that there is hope for the near future.


"The shadow report that we produced in Ghana, with the support of the FCA, allowed us to show our government and citizens the work that still needs to be done to curb the tobacco epidemic."

- Issah Ali, Vision for Alternative Development

Media coverage

To be considered successful shadow reporting must stimulate change. Sometimes this change occurs via direct advocacy with government officials but often it happens indirectly. FCA-funded shadow reporting is more than producing glossy reports. Our partner NGOs incorporate a carefully-planned media campaign in each report's release to maximise its impact on policy-makers, media and the public. Each report is tailored to address a set of issues specific to each country.

While it is impossible to know the relative impact of one report, examples of political movement following the release of national shadow reports include:

  • Palau - A comprehensive tobacco control bill was finally sent to Parliament for consideration, after years of stalling;
  • Peru - Congress passed an Act making all public and workplaces 100 per cent smoke-free;
  • Ghana - After seven years of lobbying, the Minister of Health presented a national tobacco control bill to Parliament;
  • India - Legislation was passed mandating large pictorial warnings on tobacco packages;
  • Sri Lanka - 100% smoke-free public and work places legislation proposed.

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