Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2011

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Advancing to the next level: promoting full implementation of the WHO FCTC


The WHO FCTC has achieved substantial progress.

  • The principal bodies of the treaty, the Conference of the Parties and the permanent Convention Secretariat, have been established and are fully functional
  • Guidelines for implementation of the treaty, covering more than 10 articles, have been adopted or are at an advanced stage of development
  • A protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products is being negotiated
  • The treaty reporting system is well established, with more than 80% of the reports expected from Parties already received and analysed
  • Support for Parties in meeting their obligations is gradually being put in place through a variety of tools and mechanisms, such as the dissemination of guidelines, provision of technical and legal assistance, convening of needs assessments, training, facilitation of expertise and technology transfer and promotion of access to internationally available resources
  • The absolute majority of States have now become Parties to the WHO FCTC, and several international organizations have been accredited as observers to the Conference of the Parties, which has resulted in broader international coordination and technical cooperation