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Framework Convention Alliance (FCA)
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  • Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
  • Stakeholder type: Major Group
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General Content

a) What are the expectations for the outcome of Rio+20, and what are the concrete proposals in this regard, including views on a possible structure of the Outcome document?

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) was created in 1999 and is made up of over 350 non-governmental organisations from more than 100 countries working on the development, ratification and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organization?s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Renewed political commitment to sustainable development at all levels ?social, economic, and environmental ? is critical to address emerging global challenges and achieve progress on internationally agreed development goals.

In this regard, FCA would like to highlight that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) cause more than 36 million deaths annually, which represents 63% of all global deaths. NCDs result in enormous human suffering and its economic consequences are staggering. Unless efforts to tackle NCDs intensify, cumulative economic losses to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) from the four main groups of NCDS are estimated to surpass US$ 7 trillion over the period 2011-2025.

Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to the main groups of NCDs. It kills more than 15,000 people a day and accounts for one in six of all NCD deaths. To date, more than 170 countries have become Parties to the FCTC. The treaty?s measures are cost-effective, affordable and some of them, such as tobacco taxes, also revenue-generating. Yet implementation of the FCTC has been slow ? tobacco control measures require more than just a health sector response. Whole of society commitment to accelerate implementation of the FCTC is needed and new approaches combining the social, economic, and environmental spheres are critical.

FCA urges the Rio+20 Conference Secretariat and the participating countries to consider the adoption of the following statement in the Conference Final Declaration:

We reiterate our commitment to accelerate the implementation by the State Parties of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and encourage countries that have not yet done so to consider acceding to the FCTC as we recognize that substantially reducing tobacco consumption is an important component of economic, social and environmental sustainable development strategies at the global, regional, national, and community levels.

b) What are the comments, if any, on existing proposals: e.g., a green economy roadmap, framework for action, sustainable development goals, a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development, or others?

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c) What are the views on implementation and on how to close the implementation gap, which relevant actors are envisaged as being involved (Governments, specific Major Groups, UN system, IFIs, etc.);

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d) What specific cooperation mechanisms, partnership arrangements or other implementation tools are envisaged and what is the relevant time frame for the proposed decisions to be reached and actions to be implemented?

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Specific Elements
a) Objective of the Conference: To secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assessing the progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.

Contributions could include possible sectoral priorities (e.g., (e.g., energy, food security and sustainable agriculture, technology transfer, water, oceans, sustainable urbanization, sustainable consumption and production, natural disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation, biodiversity, etc.) and sectoral initiatives that contribute to integrate the three pillars of sustainable development could be launched and endorsed at Rio+20.

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b) Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication: views regarding how green economy can be a means to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions, and poverty eradication; what is its potential added value; experience to date, including what has worked and how to build upon success, what are the challenges and opportunities and how to address the challenges and seize opportunities, and possible elements of an agreement in outcome document on a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication

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c) Institutional framework for sustainable development: Priorities and proposals for strengthening individual pillars of sustainable development, as well as those for strengthening integration of the three pillars, at multiple levels; local, national, regional and international.

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d) Any proposals for refinement of the two themes. Recall that Resolution 64/236 describes the focus of the Conference: "The focus of the Conference will include the following themes to be discussed and refined during the preparatory process: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development".

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RIO+20 COMPILATION DOCUMENT: FCA SUBMISSION

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) was created in 1999 and is made up of over 350 non- governmental organisations from more than 100 countries working on the development, ratification and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Renewed political commitment to sustainable development at all levels social, economic, and environmental is critical to address emerging global challenges and achieve progress on internationally agreed development goals.

In this regard, FCA would like to highlight that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) cause more than 36 million deaths annually, which represents 63% of all global deaths. NCDs result in enormous human suffering and its economic consequences are staggering. Unless efforts to tackle NCDs intensify, cumulative economic losses to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) from the four main groups of NCDS are estimated to surpass US$ 7 trillion over the period 2011-2025.

Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to the main groups of NCDs. It kills more than 15,000 people a day and accounts for one in six of all NCD deaths. To date, more than 170 countries have become Parties to the FCTC. The treaty's measures are cost-effective, affordable and some of them, such as tobacco taxes, also revenue-generating. Yet implementation of the FCTC has been slow tobacco control measures require more than just a health sector response. Whole of society commitment to accelerate implementation of the FCTC is needed and new approaches combining the social, economic, and environmental spheres are critical.

FCA urges the Rio+20 Conference Secretariat and the participating countries to consider the adoption of the following statement in the Conference Final Declaration:

We reiterate our commitment to accelerate the implementation by the State Parties of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and encourage countries that have not yet done so to consider acceding to the FCTC as we recognize that substantially reducing tobacco consumption is an important component of economic, social and environmental sustainable development strategies at the global, regional, national, and community levels.
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