FCTC 2030 bolsters tobacco control in developing countries

Convention Secretariat offers new support to strengthen implementation of the WHO FCTC.

Developing countries are being encouraged to apply for a newly funded project for individually tailored assistance to implement the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the 180-Party international tobacco control treaty.

Applications are sought by Monday, 6 March from Parties to the Convention that are eligible to receive official development assistance and that are committed to accelerate WHO FCTC implementation.

Decisions of the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties available on the WHO FCTC website

The decisions reached by the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) are now available at the WHO FCTC website. Together they demonstrate a continuing global commitment to tobacco control measures by the Parties and a willingness to develop cooperation that will reduce the burden of the tobacco epidemic. Tobacco could kill up to a billion people during the twenty first century, if effective action is not taken.

In the conference, the highest ever number of thirty decisions were reached along with the Delhi Declaration at COP7, held in Delhi in November 2016. The declaration calls Parties, amongst other things, to actively pursue the achievement of Target 3.a, under the Sustainable Development Goals: “strengthening the implementation of the WHO FCTC”.

Achievements during 2016 and expectations for the coming year

Looking back on 2016 it has been a productive and busy time for the Convention Secretariat. It has been a good year for tobacco control with 12 more countries becoming Parties to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade of Tobacco products and Mozambique ratifying the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Countries have also passed laws mandating plain packaging and Uruguay won an important legal case against the tobacco industry. Parties have played a significant role directing the implementation of the WHO FCTC over the last twelve months.

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