People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
FCA Policy Briefing for COP7: Addressing gender-specific risks when developing tobacco control strategies
- Category: Policy Papers
The Parties should, at COP7, ensure that:
- Sustainable implementation measures in relation to tobacco use and tobacco control in the lives of women and girls are developed;
- The reporting instrument includes gender indicators;
- Gender issues are included in the terms of reference of the Internal Review Mechanism;
- A toolkit is developed by a group of experts, in conjunction with the Convention Secretariat, to support tobacco control advocates in promoting FCTC interventions to policymakers, UN agencies and other development partners who work on maternal and child health and gender equality.
FCA Policy Briefing for COP7: Tobacco Control in Trade and Investment Agreements
- Category: Industry Interference
- COP7, at the minimum, should acknowledge that
- Discussion of the FCTC in trade and investment negotiations (as done in the TPPA) is a step in the right direction, if not considered a “best practice”.
- Parties that manage to explicitly protect their ability to implement the WHO FCTC within the text of trade and investment agreements should be lauded and emulated.
- If COP7 intends to set a standard in this area, it should adopt a Decision requesting Parties ensure, on their own or in co-operation with other Parties, including regional trade blocs, that measures taken in furtherance of the WHO FCTC are fully protected when negotiating and signing trade and investment agreements.
- COP should explore a mechanism to formalize the process for the FCTC Secretariat to intervene on the health science elements of tobacco control measures that are challenged under trade and investment regimes.
- The FCTC Secretariat should also explore ways to engage the FCTC dispute provisions under Article 27, or alternative means of providing a forum under Article 23.5, to allow parties to engage other parties that facilitate industry interference in trade or investment fora.
- WHO, the Secretariat and other development partners should seek to raise funding to address awareness, conduct capacity building, and support Parties which are moving in the direction stated above. Such efforts not only potentially expand or retain another Parties’ regulatory space for tobacco control in the face of serious tobacco industry challenges, but will also provide global prominence to the FCTC.
- COP7 should also request that the Secretariat monitor industry interference at WTO and other trade institutions.
FCA policy briefing for COP7: Transparency of Parties’ delegations ...during sessions of the COP ...
- Category: Industry Interference
- FCA fully supports Article 5.3 and its guidelines, and believes the tobacco industry should be prevented from infiltrating COP sessions through the public badge;
- FCA recommends Parties apply a pre-screening process for members of the public to screen out tobacco industry representatives from bona fide members of the public in advance of COP sessions;
- FCA recognises the importance of media attendance at COP sessions and recommends Parties apply a pre-screening process for members of the media to ensure the tobacco industry cannot infiltrate FCTC meetings through the media.
- Maximizing transparency of Parties’ delegations, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations and civil society groups during sessions of the COP and meetings of its subsidiary bodies
- تعظيم الشفافية فيما يتعلق بالمنظمات الحكومية الدولية والمنظمات غير الحكومية ومجموعات المجتمع المدنيّ ووفود الأطراف خلال جلسات مؤتمر الأطراف واجتماعات الهيئات الفرعية التابعة
FCA Policy Briefing for COP7: Maximizing transparency of Parties’ delegations during sessions of the COP ...
- Category: Policy Papers
- FCA fully supports FCTC Article 5.3 and its guidelines and believes Party delegations should not include individuals having affiliations with the tobacco industry or any entity advancing its interests;
- At COP7, Parties should bring future meetings of the COP in line with Article 5.3 and its guidelines by advancing a policy to ensure that Parties are in compliance with Recommendations 4.9 and 8.3 of the Article 5.3 guidelines.
- Maximizing transparency of Parties’ delegations during sessions of the COP and meetings of its subsidiary bodies
- Assurer une transparence maximale des délégations des Parties lors des sessions de la Conférence des Parties et des réunions de ses organes subsidiaires
- Обеспечение максимальной транспарентности в отношении делегаций Сторон на сессиях КС и заседаниях ее вспомогательных органов
Article 5.3: Protection of tobacco control policy from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry
Price and Tax
Article 6: Price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco
Article 9: Product Regulation of the contents of tobacco products
Article 10: Regulation of tobacco product disclosures
Packaging and Labelling
Article 11: Packaging and labelling of tobacco products
Education and Training
Article 12: Education, communication, training and public awareness
Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship
Article 13: Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
Article 14: Demand reduction measures concerning tobacco dependence and cessation
Article 15: Illicit trade in tobacco products
Alternative Livelihoods and Environments
Article 17 & 18: Provision of support for economically viable alternative activities and protection of the environment and the health of persons in respect of tobacco cultivation and manufacture
Article 19: Liability
Reporting on Treaty Implementation
Article 21: Reporting and exchange of information
Technical and Financial Assistance
Articles 22 & 26: Cooperation in the scientific, technical and legal fields and provision of related expertise and financial resources
- Implementation Monitoring
- FCTC: Action Now!