Fca Fctc Monitor: Civil Society in Support of WHO Fctc Implementation
Laurent Huber, MS, Ed, Framework Convention Alliance, 2013 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
The FCA, representing the voice of civil society, was a powerful force in the negotiations of the FCTC. The FCA is now engaged throughout the world in efforts to ensure effective implementation of the treaty. To ensure adequate and independent monitoring of the FCTC the FCA has developed, in collaboration with the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the FCA FCTC Monitor. The FCA FCTC Monitor is a civil-society based approach to the monitoring and implementation of the FCTC that holds governments accountable to their obligations under the treaty. The Monitor provides a baseline of information from which to measure progress in alleviating the pandemic of tobacco disease and addiction. The Monitor includes tobacco policy information on every country that is a Party to the treaty. The report focuses on demand reductions provisions in the treaty including policies regarding secondhand smoke, advertising and promotion, warning labels and taxation. Also, the Monitor will look at non-party actors that have impact on the implementation of the goals of the treaty including monitoring tobacco industry interference. The key elements of the FCTC Monitor will be the global reporting network and the annual report. In addition, the FCA FCTC Monitor will serve as a tool for advocates around the world to easily generate national level reports.