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Volume: 17 Number: 10

Title: Framework Convention Alliance

Source/Sponsoring Agency: Framework Convention Alliance


Date Checked: 1/26/2012      Status: Active

Date Annotated: 12/13/2011

Topics: International Law; Food and Drug Law

Other keywords: Health Law; Framework Convention on Tobacco Control; Tobacco; Cigarettes

Contents: The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is a worldwide tobacco control organization comprised of more than 350 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from over 100 countries. Its primary focus is worldwide ratification, implementation and monitoring of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), a global treaty targeting tobacco’s health, social, economic and environmental impacts on society. The website serves as an information hub for the FCA. The home page highlights current tobacco control news from around the world. The main menu at the top of the page has tabs for About Us, News, The (FCTC) Treaty, Events, Membership Directory, and Links to tobacco-control information subtopics such as Secondhand Smoke, Industry Interference, and Packaging and Labeling. There is comprehensive information about the FCTC’s history, content and the progress of its ratification throughout the world. The Media and Publications tab leads to a robust repository of information about the tobacco industry and the impact of tobacco on public health throughout the world. Included in this section are policy papers, tobacco research reports, Tobacco Watch monitoring reports, and fact sheets that can be used to bolster the efforts of tobacco control advocates. The Events tab provides links to tobacco-related meetings and conferences occurring throughout the world and the Membership Directory, subdivided by geographic region, provides contact information and links to its member organization websites. The site is mainly in English, but as the FCA is an international organization it does offer some information in other languages. Many of the promotional “Media and Publications” materials are available in several languages, most commonly Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish. The FCTC itself may be accessed via a link to the WHO website which offers thorough documentation of the treaty’s language and information on its implementation in 6 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). A site-specific search engine offers advanced faceted searching and flexible result display options. Users are able to sign up to receive the monthly electronic FCA newsletter via email, and can click on social media links for the FCA’s Facebook and Flickr pages or to follow the FCA on Twitter.

Author of Annotation: S. Leers

Last Modified: 6/20/2012