The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the world’s first public health treaty. It was negotiated as the world’s response to the global tobacco epidemic. The FCTC was completed in 2003, and has now been joined by 180 countries and the European Community.
When writing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the framers looked to human rights accords for inspiration, examples and substantive legal thinking. This connection to human rights is evident in the FCTC itself, and in many decision taken by the FCTC Conference of Parties (COP).
The links below include references to human rights in both the FCTC and COP decisions.
The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of the Parties (COP)
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is a week-long event for global tobacco control advocates, government representatives, and UN agencies to meet at the Hague in the Netherlands to participate in the biannual negotiation for the global tobacco treaty, the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). For more information about the COP, please view ASH’s week of webinars, which took place in lieu of COP 2020.
Below is a list of COP decisions that reference human rights.