The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Technical and Financial Assistance: The Work of the Conference of the Parties

At its first session (Geneva, Switzerland, 6-17 February 2006), the COP recognized the urgent need for all Parties to implement the FCTC to the maximum level and for assistance to developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition to support them in their implementation. The COP decision:

  • called upon developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition to conduct needs assessments and communicate their prioritized needs to development partners, and to work on the development of sustainable in-country financing mechanisms for tobacco control;
  • called upon developed country Parties to provide technical and financial support, in accordance with their obligations under the FCTC, through bilateral, regional, international or nongovernmental channels;
  • strongly encouraged international and regional organizations to support activities related to tobacco control and acknowledge its role in the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals;
  • strongly encouraged international, regional and subregional organizations, international financial institutions and other development partners to identify tobacco control as eligible for financial support, technical assistance and advice in the area of tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco, to help developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition meet their obligations related to the FCTC;
  • urged developed countries, international financial institutions, international organizations and other development partners to channel resources to developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition, based on specific requests; and
  • requested the Convention Secretariat to provide assistance to developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition in securing technical and financial assistance and in the conduct of needs assessments, to develop and continuously update a database on available funding and make it available to Parties, and to launch an awareness-raising campaign among potential development partners to mobilize financial and technical support for developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition.

At its second session (Bangkok, Thailand, 30 June – 6 July 2007), the COP further recognized the need for taking immediate action to provide all necessary assistance to Parties to ensure sustained and predictable availability of funds. The COP decision:

  • requested the Convention Secretariat to actively seek extrabudgetary contributions from Parties and other international donors, including intergovernmental organizations, for the purpose of helping Parties in need to carry out needs assessments and develop project and programme proposals for financial assistance;
  • nvited the Director-General of WHO to support the Secretariat in the development of project and programme proposals for financial assistance;
  • urged donor Parties to provide voluntary extrabudgetary contributions for the purpose of helping Parties in need to carry out needs assessments and develop project and programme proposals for financial assistance; and
  • requested the Convention Secretariat to prepare and present, at each session of the COP, an implementation report on activities undertaken to implement the COP's decisions relating to financial resources and mechanisms of assistance, including an update of the financial mechanisms for assistance to Parties in need.

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