01 Oct 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Megan Arendt
COP8: An Opportunity to Accelerate WHO FCTC Implementation
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 1 October 2018 – Fifteen years after the World Health Assembly adopted the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), Parties to the treaty once again find themselves in Geneva faced with the opportunity to make history once again.
At the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), taking place from 1 to 6 October in Geneva, Switzerland, Parties will be presented with an opportunity to adopt the first ever Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control – a roadmap for accelerated progress on tobacco control and towards achievement of SDG 3a.
While much progress has been achieved in these 15 years, much work still remains to be done to address gaps and obstacles in FCTC implementation and prevent the increases in tobacco use prevalence that are predicted to occur in many regions of the world in the coming years.
Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) emphasizes that the Global Strategy will be an important tool to coordinate the efforts of the global community to make concrete progress towards a world free from the tobacco epidemic. The Strategy outlines a few WHO FCTC time-bound priorities and a roadmap for immediate action. For the next five years, it will help guide and amplify ongoing national tobacco control efforts and leverage the good will of the international community.
We implore Parties to discuss and adopt this document as a matter of priority this week.
What’s more, we are happy to announce that expert in treaty strategic management, Mr. Thomas McInerney, is in attendance at COP8. We encourage delegates who have questions or concerns about the proposed FCTC Global Strategy to seek out Mr. McInerney (or FCA staff). Mr. McInerney is available for interviews throughout the week.
About Framework Convention Alliance (FCA)
Framework Convention Alliance works to rid the world from the devastating health, social, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco and tobacco use. With nearly 500 non-government member organizations from over 100 countries, the Alliance grew out of civil society’s participation in the work that produced the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2005, the first modern-day public health treaty. FCA is a leading advocate for including the FCTC and tobacco control in the international health and development framework, including the Sustainable Development Goals. The Alliance is an influential voice for civil society at the FCTC Conference of the Parties.