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FCA Policy Briefing for COP7: Implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC

Key recommendations:

FCA recognises that Parties face a number of barriers in implementing Article 5.3 and may need support from experts, and other resources, to implement it successfully. FCA recommends the following actions at COP7 to ensure Parties have access to the resources and support they need:

  • Establish a Knowledge Hub on Article 5.3 to act as a centralised resource for providing Parties ongoing support to implement Article 5.3 and to elevate the profile of Article 5.3 across the whole of government amongst Parties;
  • The COP should support the Knowledge Hub by dedicating the necessary funding to have it perform these functions;
  • The Secretariat should help coordinate the work of the Knowledge Hub with that of regional Tobacco Industry Monitoring Centres (Observatories) and report its findings to COP8;
  • The COP should ensure that Article 5.3 implementation assistance is well reflected in relevant COP7 decisions, including on implementation review and resource mobilisation.


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FCTC Parties must adopt measures for faster implementation

NEW DELHI, 4 November 2016 – One billion people – nearly the population of India – will die from tobacco use this century unless current trends change: Parties to the FCTC COP meeting in New Delhi next week can take meaningful steps to alter that forecast.

FCA Policy Briefing for COP7: Sustainable measures to strengthen implementation of the WHO FCTC: report by the working group

Key recommendations

  • A number of recommendations proposed by the working group are related to resource mobilisation and should be adopted by COP7;
  • COP should further elaborate on some of these recommendations and take the following actions:
  1. Regularly review and endorse priority implementation needs of Parties;
  2. Request the Secretariat to organise an FCTC financing dialog to communicate Parties’ implementation needs to donors; and
  3. Appropriately include work on investment studies for FCTC implementation both globally and country level, as well as on an Art 5.2 toolkit, in the FCTC workplan and budget.
  • Work should be undertaken so that an action plan on implementation assistance is submitted to COP8 for consideration. The plan should reflect COP’s commitment to reduce tobacco use prevalence by 30 percent by 2025.


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