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.


  • Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence

    In February 2021, ASH and a group of our tobacco control colleagues, including Smoke Free Partnership and Unfairtobacco, led by the Belgian Alliance for a Smoke Free Society, submitted input for the public consultation by the European Commission on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence. Read the submission here>.

  • Submission to the Open Ended InterGovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

    In February 2021, ASH and our partners submitted feedback on draft 6 of a new legally binding instrument on business activities and human rights. The submissions were in the form of two matrices (Matrix 1) and (Matrix 2) as well as a cover letter.

  • Input on HRC Resolution 43/19- Tobacco, Development and COVID-19 Recovery

    In January 2021, the Human Rights Council has issued a call for written input on what is being done to implement the 2030 Agenda in the context of COVID-19 recovery, as part of Human Rights Council Resolution 43/19. ASH and our partners took this opportunity to highlight tobacco in the human rights context, given that tobacco is included in the SDG’s (target 3.a), and given the negative impact that tobacco has on COVID 19. Read the submission 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.

  • Suggested addition to the General Comment on Scientific Progress and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    February 2020- Suggested addition submitted by ASH and our colleages- Alianza por control Enfermedades no Transmisibles (AENT)-Chile, Airspace Action on Smoking and Health, ASH Finland, Association Healthy Romania Generation 2035. BLUE 21 / Unfairtobacco, Corporate Accountability International, Comité National Contre le Tabagisme (CNCT), Educar Consumidores, European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP), Fresh- England, Fundación Anaas, Fundeps (Fundaciòn para el Desarrollo de Polìticas Sustentables, Iranian Anti-Tobacco Association, Norwegian Cancer Society, Mary Anne Charity Trust- India, OxySuisse, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Public Health Law Center, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), Smoke Free Israel, SOS Tabagisme-Niger, STOP: Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products, Swarna Hansa Foundation-Sri Lanka, Tobacco Control Alliance- Georgia, Tobacco – Free Association of Zambia, UBING, VISA Mauritius

  • Response to an open call from the OHCHR on systemic racism

    Response from ASH and our partners at the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC).