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Framework Convention Alliance (FCA)/Action of Smoking and Health International (ASH)

Year(s) :  2007, 2008
Grant Recipient Type :  NGO / Nonprofit
Contact Name :  Laurent Huber, FCA
Grantor :  Framework Convention Alliance (FCA)/Action of Smoking and Health International (ASH)
Project goal :  To support a program of work on WHO issues, with key emphasis on a campaign in support of implementing the FCTC guidelines and the Illicit Trade Protocol.
Direct Grant :  No

Key achievement to date:

  • ASH/FCA were able to positively influence the WHO FCTC process during the grant period, resulting in the adoption of effective, evidence-based guidelines for implementation of the following FCTC articles: Article 8 (protection from exposure to tobacco smoke), Article 11 (labeling and packaging of tobacco products), Article 13 (cross-border advertising, promotion and sponsorship), and Article 5.3 (protection of public health policies with respect to tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry), as well as a decision to develop guidelines on implementation of Articles 12 (education, communication, training and public awareness) and 14 (demand reduction measures concerning tobacco dependence and cessation) that could be adopted by the end of 2010.
  • Governments also agreed in 2007 to commence negotiations towards a protocol that will address Article 15 of the FCTC (Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products) and began negotiations in 2008.
  • In 2007 and 2008, 20 new countries became parties to the FCTC, bringing the number to 162, representing 85 percent of the world's population. In addition, 11 countries have adopted 100 percent smoke-free laws in all public places, and four more at the sub-national level.

Objective 1: To engage civil society actors in a FCTC treaty-making process.
Major accomplishments to date:

  • FCA representatives have participated in all six treaty negotiating sessions, as well as the two working group sessions, dozens of regional treaty meetings, several annual meetings of the World Health Assembly, the two Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group meetings, the first, second and third Conferences of the Parties, expert working group meetings, protocol negotiations for the WHO FCTC, and many national and regional capacity building workshops to support evidence-based tobacco control programs that are consistent with the FCTC.

Objective 2: To positively influence the outcome of the international governmental FCTC negotiations.
Major accomplishments to date:

  • Ensured the presence of NGOs from developing countries and experts at the FCTC negotiations, Intergovernmental Working Groups, Conferences of the Parties, and all FCTC working groups;
  • Helped to obtain the signatures of 168 countries and played a key role in getting a substantial number to ratify in record time;
  • Conducted strategic planning and advocacy workshops in all WHO regions to support members' ratification of the FCTC and implementation campaigns;
  • Provided financial and technical resources to members in support of their ratification, implementation and monitoring campaigns;
  • Created and disseminated monitoring and reporting tools that hold governments accountable to their commitments under the FCTC;
  • Positively influenced the development and adoption of guidelines for best practice, evidence-based implementation of the Articles of the FCTC;
  • Positively influenced the development of a protocol to combat the illicit trade of tobacco products. 

Objective 3: To provide technical assistance, expertise, funding and logistical support for all FCTC negotiating meetings and working group meetings and to provide papers, presentations, as well as educational and advocacy materials, prepared and distributed by the FCA, to participating government delegates and NGO representatives.
Major accomplishments to date:

  • Participation in FCTC negotiation sessions and intercessional meetings including:
    • Meeting of Ad Hoc Study Group on Alternative Crops - 27-28 February 2007, Brasilia, Brazil
    • 60th World Health Assembly - 14-23 May 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
    • WPRO Pre-COP Regional Meeting – 4-5 June 2007, Manila, Philippines
    • PAHO Pre-COP Regional Meeting - June 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • The Second Conference of the Parties (COP-2) - 30 June - 6 July 2007, Bangkok, Thailand

Objective 4: To carry out the preparatory work for the decisions taken at COP-2.
Major accomplishments to date:

  • Provided experts and briefing papers to the following working group meetings:
    • Article 13: Expert/key facilitator meeting (Cross-Border Advertising), 17-18 September 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Articles 9 and 10: Working group meeting to develop guidelines for WHO FCTC (Product Regulation and Disclosure), 26-28 September 2007, Brussels, Belgium
    • Article 5.3: Expert committee meeting to discuss development of WHO policy recommendations on tobacco industry interference with tobacco control, 29-30 October 2007, Washington, D.C.
    • Article 11: Working group meeting to develop guidelines (Packaging and Labeling), 7-9 November 2007, Manila, Philippines
    • Article 13: Working group meeting on Cross-Border Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorship (Article 13), 27-29 November 2007, Helsinki, Finland
    • Article 5.3: Working group meeting on industry intervention (Article 5.3), 12-14 December 2007, The Hague, Netherlands
    • Article 12: First working group meeting in Berlin, Germany, 21-23 February 2008
    • Article 5.3: Drafting group meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, 3-4 March 2008
    • Article 11: Drafting group meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, 4-5 March 2008
    • Articles 9 and 10: Fifth working group meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, 5-7 March 2008
    • Article 13: Second working group meeting in New Delhi, India, 31 March - 2 April 2008

Objective 5: To influence a positive outcome for COP-3.
Major accomplishments to date:

  • On Sunday, 16 November, prior to the official opening of COP-3, FCA organized a half-day preparatory meeting on various issues that were to be discussed during the COP. The training, open only to FCA delegates, was intended to provide background information on issues related COP and to discuss advocacy strategies for the week of COP-3. The meeting included distribution and discussion of a series of internal non-official technical papers to inform FCA delegates on COP issues and further support their advocacy efforts.

Objective 6: To support the development of an Illicit Trade Protocol that is effective and enforceable and to support the development of strong guidelines that will be adopted by COP-4.
Major accomplishments to date:

  • Two FCA members were appointed to the expert group established to prepare a template for a protocol on illicit trade.
  • The first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body established to negotiate and draft a protocol on illicit trade was held in Geneva on 11-15 February 2008. All of the main elements for an effective protocol called for by the FCA were considered by the Parties.
  • For the 2nd Intergovernmental Negotiating Body Meeting on Illicit Trade Protocol (20-25 October 2008), FCA developed a comprehensive illicit trade campaign plan prior to INB-2 and contracted Andrew Kerr to draw up a political strategy roadmap for the illicit trade campaign. Media strategies and an advocacy toolkit were also developed to support illicit trade advocacy activities.
  • Several workshops for government officials on illicit trade in tobacco products were held including:
    • The Regional Conference on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, 5- 6 December 2007, Montevideo, Uruguay
    • The Pre-INB 2 Illicit Trade Training, 13-14 August 2008, Damascus, Syria
    • The FCA/TFI SEARO Awareness Raising Workshop on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and Experts Briefing on Illicit Trade in Tobacco, 15-16 September 2008, New Delhi, India

Objective 7: To raise awareness about evidence-based tobacco control practices that are consistent with the FCTC, the FCA held in 2007 and 2008 a number of regional and national capacity building workshops in key countries around the world.
Major accomplishments to date:

  • Workshop for Health Ministers, 6-9 March 2007, Lima, Peru
  • Second Inter-American Workshop on Research in Tobacco Control in Colonia de Sacramento, 22-25 March 2007, Uruguay
  • International NGO Forum, 30 June 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
  • The Economics of Tobacco in Mexico: From Research to Advocacy Workshop, 27-28 August 2007, Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Global Campaign Capacity Building Workshop, 3-7 September 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • First Regional Meeting on Tobacco Control in the Americas, 25-28 September 2007, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • National Capacity Building Workshop on FCTC Implementation and Monitor for Civil Society in Panama, 29-30 March 2007, Panama City, Panama
  • West African Tobacco Control Workshop, 25-27 October 2007, Accra, Ghana
  • Central American Tobacco Control Workshop for NGOs and Civil Society, 1-2 November 2007, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Central Africa Francophone Workshop on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, 12-14 December 2007, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • First Capacity Building Workshop for Ministers of Health and Civil Society, 20-21 January 2008, Quito, Ecuador
  • 2008 Caribbean Tobacco Control Summit, 5-6 March 2008, Puerto Rico
  • Central American Legislative Workshop, 26-28 March 2008, Guatemala
  • Regional Workshop on Implementation of WHO FCTC Article 13, 27-28 March 2008, Singapore
  • ASEAN Regional Workshop on Implementing WHO FCTC Article 6, 1-3 April 2008, Bangkok, Thailand
  • ASEAN Workshop on Article 11, 20-21 May 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Regional Journalist Training on Tobacco Control, 21-22 May 2008, Cairo, Egypt
  • Advocacy Activities and Tobacco Control Symposium, 28-29 May 2008, Bogota, Colombia
  • Advocacy and Media Activities and Tobacco Dependence Treatment Workshops, 29-30 May 2008, Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • First Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Tobacco Control, 16-17 June 2008, Tunis, Tunisia
  • FCA Meeting with the Ministry of Health of Tunisia
  • FCA Regional Workshop on Health Communication, 22-25 July 2008, Telucigalpa, Honduras
  • Costa Rica FCTC Ratification and Implementation Workshop, 31 July – 1 August 2008, Costa Rica
  • FCA-African Regional Strategy Workshop for 2008, 3-6 September 2008, Abuja, Nigeria
  • AFRO Pre-COP3 Advocacy Training Workshop, 13-14 November 2008, Durban, South Africa
  • FCA Journalist Workshop on building strong media partnership for effective implementation of the FCTC, 16 November 2008, Durban, South Africa

Objective 8: Major FCA campaigns
Major accomplishments to date:

  • The 2007 Commonwealth Business Forum was held on 20 to 22 November 2007 in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Since 2007, FCA and American Cancer Society (ACS) have hosted the Global Smokefree Partnership,
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