09 Nov 2016
As of 31 October, 133 Parties are in arrears , owing in total $6,026,380 As the regional breakdown shows, Parties from the European region are responsible for nearly 2/3 of this amount . Most Parties, in arrears from the middle-income category. It would be interest ing to know how many of these Parties have chosen not to pay up and which of them are either not aware of their dues or, despite a number of efforts by tobacco control focal points , were not ab le to convince the ir treasury to send payment to the Convent ion Secretariat. No matter the case , it is time that all Parties make these payments and stop referring to them as ‘voluntary ’. Notwithstanding confusion about whether these payments are mandatory the term ‘voluntary ’ should be dropped . This is a matter of principle. After 10 years, a growing evidence of the Treaties effectiveness and countries: The FCTC is already a success- to set to the next level it needs predictable resources, not to hope that the check is in the mail.
Michal Stoklosa Senior Economist Taxation and Health, American Cancer Society and Anca Toma Friedlaender, Senior Policy Advisor, Smoke-free Partnership