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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 - 3:30 PM

Monitoring of the WHO FCTC by Civil Society: FCA FCTC Monitor

Laurent Huber, MS, Ed and Chris A. Bostic, MSFS, JD. Framework Convention Alliance, 2013 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Objective: Ensure effective implementation of the FCTC

Methods: 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 will provide a baseline of information from which to measure progress in alleviating the pandemic of tobacco disease and addiction. The Monitor will include tobacco policy information on every country that has ratified the treaty. The report will focus 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 FCTC Monitor serves to complement the States Parties reporting required under Article 21 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. It is created in the spirit of the Article 21 but recognizes that there is a need for independent reporting, monitoring and evaluation. The aim is to facilitate global discussion and information sharing regarding effective tobacco control policies.

Results: The key elements of the FCTC Monitor will be the global reporting network and the annual report.