Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization. It was adopted by the World Health Assembly on 21 May 2003 and entered into force on 27 February 2005. It has since become one of the most widely embraced treaties in UN history and, as at 3 November 2009, has already 168 Parties. China has signed FCTC on 10 November 2003.
The WHO FCTC was developed in response to the globalization of the tobacco epidemic and is an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health. The Convention represents a milestone for the promotion of public health and provides new legal dimensions for international health cooperation.
Fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the WHO FCTC
27 February 2010 marked the fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the WHO FCTC. To commemorate this landmark development in public health, the Convention Secretariat organized a special event on Friday 26 February 2010 at WHO Headquarters in Geneva. Participants included representatives of the Parties to the WHO FCTC, observer organizations, international experts, individuals with special merit in the Framework Convention, and WHO staff.
The event started with a plenary session, followed by a round table session on the evolution and implementation of the Convention to date. During this event a publication on the history of the WHO FCTC was also launched.
The discussion covered accomplishments, challenges and expectations in regard to the implementation of the Convention.
Source : http://www.who.int/fctc/en/