29 Nov 2012
In part, this is due to a lack of awareness about the FCTC outside of health ministries, which has led to insufficient resources and capacity at the national level.
The proposal by the COP to set up this Working Group has the potential to reverse this trend. A decision at COP 5 would build on previous decisions and declarations by the COP , the UN General Assembly, the UN Economic and Social Council and the UN Ad Hoc Inter-agency Task Force on Tobacco Control, as well as the recent mandate of the UN Development Programme and the Convention Secretariat to push integration of FCTC implementation into countries’ health and development plans.
The working group has great potential to help governments in their quest to achieve sustainable implementation of the FCTC. Once the Working Group is set up, it will be critical that resources are allocated for its work and to fulfil its mandate.