People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
FCTC: Action Now! Campaign
- August 26, 2011
The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) recently published the status of voluntary assessed contributions (VACs) provided by Parties to the FCTC budget.
The document provides an overview of payments made by individual Parties from 2006 until 2011 to finance the work of the Secretariat.
VACs are crucial for the operation of the Convention, as they represent a predictable and vital cash flow so the Secretariat can carry out the work plan agreed by the Conference of the Parties (COP).
Parties’ assessments follow the World Health Organization (WHO) formula based on national income. Hence, the most affluent Parties can pay up to hundreds of thousands of US dollars, while developing countries pay as little as US$113 biennially.
Worrisome trend: Parties in arrears
The overview of payments made by 15 July 2011 reveals interesting data and trends. Of all VACs due to date, US$1.5 million (6 per cent) have not been paid. Eighty-two Parties are in arrears.
- Forty-one Parties have never paid their VACs;
- The EMRO and EURO regions have the highest proportion of unpaid VACs = Parties from these regions have not paid nearly US$1.3 million
- High-income countries owe nearly 80 per cent of the total amount of unpaid VACs = more than US$1.16 million out of US$1.5 million;
- Only 1/3 of all low-resourced countries have fully paid their VACs = only 27 out of 74 low or lower-middle income country Parties have paid the entire amount they committed to provide for the work of the WHO FCTC.
FCA’s COP-5 Task Force is concerned by the number of Parties that have never paid their VACs. We are also concerned that many low-resourced Parties are delaying their payments. The Task Force requests all FCA members to check the status of their country’s VACs and, if necessary, urge their governments to pay outstanding financial contributions for the WHO FCTC.