The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Technical and Financial Assistance: The FCTC Commitments

Under Article 22.1 of the FCTC, Parties agree to cooperate, directly or through competent international bodies, to strengthen their capacity to fulfil the obligations arising from the Convention, taking into account the needs of developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition. This cooperation shall promote the transfer of technical, scientific and legal expertise and technology to establish and strengthen national tobacco control strategies, plans and programmes, which may be aimed at a number of ends, including: facilitation of the development, transfer and acquisition of technology, skills, capacity and expertise; provision of technical, scientific, legal and other expertise; and provision of material and logistical support.

Under Article 26.1, Parties recognize the important role that financial resources play in achieving the objective of the FCTC. Parties agree that all relevant potential and existing resources available for tobacco control activities should be mobilized and utilized for the benefit of all Parties, especially developing countries and countries with economies in transition, to assist them in meeting their obligations under the FCTC (Article 26.5). Parties agree to provide financial support in respect of their national activities intended to achieve the objective of the FCTC (Article 26.2), and to promote the utilisation of bilateral, regional, subregional and other multilateral channels to provide funding for developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition (Article 26.3). In particular, Parties represented in relevant regional and international intergovernmental organisations agree to encourage these entities to provide financial assistance for developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition to assist them in meeting their obligations (Article 26.4).

Article 26.5 mandates the Convention Secretariat to advise developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition, upon request, on available sources of funding to facilitate implementation of their obligations, and mandates the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the FCTC to review existing and potential sources and mechanisms of assistance and determine the necessity to enhance or supplement existing mechanisms to channel additional financial resources to developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition to assist them in meeting their obligations (Article 26.5). Article 22.2 requires the COP to promote and facilitate transfer of technical, scientific and legal expertise and technology with the financial support secured in accordance with Article 26.

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