The history of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

The idea for an international instrument for tobacco control was formally initiated in May 1995 at the 48th World Health Assembly. The following year, the 49th World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA49.17, requesting the Director-General to initiate the development of a WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). With this, WHO’s first treaty-making enterprise was formally launched. However, it was not until 1999 that actual negotiations on the WHO FCTC began, one year after the then WHO Director-General, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, had made global tobacco control a priority for WHO.

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