People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- October 24, 2011
To date, more than 170 countries have become Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Moreover, the recent Political Declaration of the UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) calls in unequivocal terms for the accelerated implementation of the Convention.
Yet continuing challenges to the FCTC’s effective implementation – particularly lack of funding and capacity for tobacco control in low-resource countries – are undermining the success of the tobacco control movement to date.
Under the guidance of the Bureau, the review should also provide recommendations on how to improve assistance mechanisms and attract more resources.
Civil society fully supports the work that needs to be done to improve the FCTC's assistance framework and is committed to assisting this review process at every stage. With COP5 only a year away, we offer five suggestions to make this exercise a success:
- Make the review of implementation assistance a priority for the work of the FCTC Bureau;
- Invite all relevant stakeholders to join the review process, including interested Parties and civil society;
- Focus on ongoing needs assessments and other assistance activities in 2011 and 2012;
- Expand the work and assess emerging trends and other opportunities to provide sustainable resources for FCTC implementation;
- Generate solutions and actionable recommendations to be discussed at COP5.