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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Friday, July 14, 2006 - 2:30 PM

Fca Fctc Monitor Database, a Tool for National Level Advocates

Laurent Huber, MS, Ed, Framework Convention Alliance, 2013 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

During COP1 governments declared that they did not wish to be graded or evaluated on implementation and compliance and stated that their objective in reporting “is to enable Parties to learn from each others' experience” in implementation and not to develop a checklist on implementation. In light of these conclusions a shadow reporting process becomes even more crucial as it will be up to civil society to evaluate Parties' performance and monitor compliance.

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 which 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.

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