In 2012, FCA’s campaign work focused on finalising negotiations on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (known as the ITP) and on the agenda items for November’s fifth session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP5). This was a great success: the ITP was finalised in April and formally adopted at COP5. And nearly all other FCA priorities were endorsed by the COP, among them decisions that recognised the need to examine why financial and technical assistance for FCTC implementation continues to lag seven years after the Convention came into force. A strategic planning process, which included FCA members, stakeholders, funders and staff, resulted in 2013 Goals and Objectives being adopted by the Board in December.
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