Background Information on WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3
The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first international health treaty, where 182 countries covering more than 90% of the world population, are Parties to this Convention. The WHO FCTC entered into force in 2005 and Thailand ratified the Convention in 2004.
The WHO FCTC became a critical instrument for countries to respond to the devasting health impact of tobacco use which responsible for over 8 million deaths annually. Since its commencement, the Conference of Parties (COP) has been the platform for Parties to elaborate the various provisions prescribed in the WHO FCTC in order to strengthen its obligations under the Convention. COP 10 will take place in November of this year. In order to assist Parties in implementing the WHO FCTC, the Convention Secretariat establishes Knowledge Hubs (KH) to be the knowledge base and provide technical assistance upon request by Parties. Presently, there are nine Knowledge Hubs across the globe where each KH focuses on a particular article of the Convention.
Our top priority remains assisting Parties in implementing Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC, promoting good governance and policy coherence in tobacco control, and preventing tobacco industry interference in public health policies.
The evolving transformation of the tobacco industry is far ahead of tobacco control efforts. In order to counter their dynamism and vast resources, a concerted effort by organizations and individuals committed to protecting public health policy from tobacco industry interference is needed. This would be the key to thwarting their efforts to undermine the Parties' resolve to successfully implement the WHO FCTC. These efforts will also be in line with specific objective 3.2.4 of the Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control, that is, implementing WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and continually monitor tobacco industry activities at the national and international arena. Thus, at the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3, we are committed to achieving our mission by leveraging the knowledge and experiences of our international, regional, and national collaborators who share our objectives.
Together, we look forward to achieving the vision of full compliance with WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and attaining the goals prescribed in the Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control by all Parties.