People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
FCTC: Action Now! Advocacy Tools
17 November 2011
This report notes progress on implementation of WHO's Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. It is organised according to the six objectives of the strategy:
- To raise the priority accorded to noncommunicable diseases in development work at global and national levels, and to integrate prevention and control of such diseases into policies across all government departments
- To establish and strengthen national policies and plans for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases
- To promote interventions to reduce the main shared modifiable risk factors for noncommunicable diseases: tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol
- To promote research for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases
- To promote partnerships for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases
- To monitor noncommunicable diseases and their determinants and evaluate progress at the national, regional and global levels.
The report concludes that:
"Major advances have been made in implementing the global strategy and the action plan. The United Nations high-level meeting in September 2011 and its preceding preparatory work have made a great and unprecedented contribution to the global struggle against noncommunicable diseases and their negative socioeconomic consequences."