Framework Convention Alliance
The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), also called the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control, is a confederation of over 350 organizations from more than 100 countries which banded together to support the negotiation, ratification and implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The FCA was formed in 1999 when negotiations began in Geneva.
At first, the organization was a loose group of nongovernmental organizations, universities and others who shared an interest in seeing a strong treaty free from interference from the tobacco industry. Today, the FCA is a nonprofit incorporated in Switzerland with a representative office in Washington, DC.
FCA's vision is a world free from the devastating health, social, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco and tobacco use. Its mission is to help develop and implement the FCTC as the basis for effective global tobacco control.
In its Strategic Plan, 2010–2013, FCA listed five strategic priorities:
- Promote and support tobacco control as a global health priority through the development and implementation of the FCTC, its protocols and guidelines;
- Strengthen and influence the FCTC process;
- Mobilize and strengthen civil society's capacity, regionally and locally, in support of the FCTC;
- Monitor the implementation of the FCTC, its guidelines and protocols;
- Strengthen FCA's institutional capacity to enable it to meet these priorities.