FCA was created in 1999 and formally established in 2003. It is made up of nearly 500 organisations from over 100 countries. FCA works on the development, ratification and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The WHO FCTC is the world’s first modern-day global public health treaty. It requires Parties to adopt a comprehensive range of measures designed to reduce the devastating health and economic impacts of tobacco.
FCA is also a leading advocate for including the FCTC and global tobacco control in the international health and development framework, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. FCA’s work is overseen by an elected Board of Directors. The executive director leads the staff, which is based in every WHO region.
The FCA Secretariat is hosted by HealthBridge. FCA’s work is made possible thanks to the following supporters and funders: Action on Smoking and Health USA, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Council Australia, Cancer Research UK, Cancer Council Victoria, Gates Foundation, Norwegian Cancer Society and Vital Strategies.
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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 strengthen the WHO FCTC and support its full and accelerated implementation worldwide. We work to integrate the FCTC into broader international health and development efforts, and seek novel strategies to free the world from tobacco-caused harms.
Societal change: We are dedicated to serving the public interest by campaigning to improve the health and development of society, based on the fundamental right of all humans to the highest attainable standard of health and wellbeing.
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.
Avoiding conflict of interest: We believe that there is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health policy interests.
In January 2016, FCA adopted a plan called Framework Convention Alliance: 2020 Strategy. Building on FCA’s Strategic Plan 2014-17, the new strategy is designed to assist the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) take the treaty to the next step in its development: accelerating implementation of tobacco control measures at country level. The 2020 Strategy outlines FCA’s four pillars of action:
Building political pressure in and between countries for swift action;
Holding governments accountable to their FCTC obligations;
Embedding support and cooperation in the convention;
Deepening FCTC integration into international systems.