Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control 2019–2025

At COP8 (Geneva, Switzerland, 1-6 Oct 2018) the Conference of the Parties adopted a new medium-term strategic framework (MTSF) with the title of Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control: Advancing Sustainable Development through Implementation of the WHO FCTC 2019–2025  (from now on referred to as the “Global Strategy 2025 or GS2025”)The adopting of the Global Strategy 2025 is stated in decision FCTC/COP8(16).

This strategy outlines a new action plan to scale up the global tobacco control agenda. It is intended to guide the implementation of the WHO FCTC for the next seven years (2019–2025), including the work of the Parties, the Convention Secretariat and other stakeholders, and to serve as the basis for work planning and budgeting.

The Global Strategy 2025 represents the continued effort to strengthen the operations and implementation of the Convention. It provides a common, global vision and mission to strive for a healthy and sustainable world free of the tobacco epidemic. Through the GS2025, the implementation of the WHO FCTC and its contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be accelerated.  

Parties are invited to utilize the Global Strategy 2025 and the indicators it proposes in developing their national programmes and plans. The GS2025 identifies priorities in global implementation of the Convention while allowing Parties to determine their own priorities in a flexible way reflecting their particular needs.

The GS2025 allows the Parties to improve and advance implementation of the WHO FCTC by agreeing on the key priorities for 2019–2025. It seeks to empower Parties to work multisectorally, with health and non-health sectors and other stakeholders engaged in the fight against tobacco at the global, regional and country levels.

Strategic goals are linked to the three following areas:

  • Accelerating action;
  • Building international alliances and partnerships across sectors and civil society to contribute to WHO FCTC implementation; and
  • Protecting the integrity and building on the achievements under the WHO FCTC.

Several of the strategic objectives and indicators under the strategic goals relate to tobacco control monitoring, especially the following:

  • Strategic Objective 2.2 – Specific Objective 2.2.3:

    Promote research that is relevant to WHO FCTC implementation, in particular priorities set out in the GS2025, in accordance with Article 20;

  • Strategic Objective 3.2 – Specific Objective 3.2.5:

    Monitor policy and programme progress of the key WHO FCTC provisions, including estimation of lives saved, costs averted and other improved health and economic outcomes.

For the detailed objectives and indicators of the Global Strategy 2025, see the full report of the working group.