This global mechanisms section encompasses official documents including resolutions, statements, letters, and more that pertain to tobacco control and human rights at the international level, but do not fall under a human rights treaty body. Some examples include UN statements about non-communicable diseases and formal submissions to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. The “submissions” subsection includes letters that ASH and our colleagues working in thie field have written in an effort to encourage international human rights stakeholders  to take action on tobacco.

United Nations

  • Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs

    2013 – The NCD GAP includes a human rights based approach to addressing NCDs. There are several references to human rights and the right to health throughout the document.  Read it here.

  • The Sustainable Development Goals

    2015 – The Sustainable Development goals are based on a human rights framework, with Goal 3 being specifically focused o health. There is a specific tobacco target (target 3.A) that require countries to strengthen implementation of the FCTC. Read them here.

  • Political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases

    2018 – The final document of the UN high level meeting on NCD’s contains several references to human rights, including a reference to the right to health in section 3. Read it here.


  • ASH submission to OEIWG

    2018 – ASH submitted comments to the Open Ended Inter-Governmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights urging them to make specific reference to the FCTC. Read the submission.

  • Cape Town Declaration submission to OHCHR

    2018 – After the Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights and a Tobacco-Free World was passed by the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), it was submitted to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Read it here.

  • ASH submission to OHCHR

    2019 – Link not yet available.