People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- April 28, 2011
The Australian Government and two Australian nongovernmental organisations have announced a joint extrabudgetary contribution of AUD100,000 (US$109,000) for needs assessments on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Pacific island countries.
Australia’s contribution of AUD77,000, together with AUD23,000 offered jointly by Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia, will be used by the Convention Secretariat to undertake joint needs assessments to identify WHO FCTC implementation gaps, needs and opportunities.
All 14 Pacific island countries that are Member States of WHO are also Parties to the WHO FCTC.
Officials in Sydney spoke of the urgency of addressing the crisis of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region, in which tobacco use plays a major part.
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