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FCA was created in 1999 and formally established in 2003. The Alliance is made up of hundreds of organisations from over 100 countries. In 2022, the Framework Convention Alliance rebranded as the Global Alliance for Tobacco Control (GATC).

GATC works on the development, ratification, and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The WHO FCTC is the world’s first modern-day global public health treaty. It requires Parties to adopt a comprehensive range of measures designed to reduce the devastating health and economic impacts of tobacco.

GATC is also a leading advocate for including the FCTC and global tobacco control in the international health and development framework, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. The GATC’s work is overseen by an elected Board of Directors. The executive director leads GATC staff, including regional coordinators based in WHO regions.