Strengthening WHO FCTC implementation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Consistent with decisions made by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the Convention Secretariat has initiated a new project to assist Parties to strengthen implementation of the treaty.
The importance of tobacco control in promoting development is recognised in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including specific reference to WHO FCTC implementation in target 3.a. Given the impact of tobacco on development, the implementation of the Convention will play an important role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The FCTC 2030 project aims to support Parties to the WHO FCTC that are eligible to receive official development assistance (ODA) to achieve the SDGs by advancing implementation of the Convention. The project will run from April 2017 until March 2021.
Through the FCTC 2030 project, technical support will be provided to national governments of these countries to:
- implement the requirements of Article 5 of the WHO FCTC, to improve tobacco control governance and protect tobacco control policies from the vested and commercial interests of the tobacco industry;
- strengthen tobacco tax;
- implement WHO FCTC time-bound measures for:
- comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
- effective health warnings on tobacco packaging; and
- smokefree work and public places;
- implement other Articles of the WHO FCTC according to national priorities; and
- promote overall implementation of the WHO FCTC as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to support Parties to incorporate the implementation of the WHO FCTC into their national health and development agendas.
Through the FCTC 2030 project, the Convention Secretariat will promote WHO FCTC implementation as part of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda and provide general support and materials for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the areas set out above. This will include workshops, toolkits, online training on tobacco control, south-south and triangular cooperation, and other forms of assistance to national governments to accelerate treaty implementation.
The Convention Secretariat will also be able to provide intensive support up to 15 selected countries that are Parties to the WHO FCTC, are eligible to receive ODA and have demonstrated the motivation and commitment to advance treaty implementation. This will include the provision of direct, demand-driven expert advice, technical assistance and peer support to build domestic capacity to improve tobacco control in line with available resources. A wide-range of support will be offered to the countries selected as FCTC 2030 partner Parties, depending on their needs. As the FCTC 2030 project is a global initiative, at least one applicant Party will be selected from each WHO region.
Selection of FCTC 2030 partner Parties
The selection of FCTC 2030 partner Parties will be undertaken by a multisectoral selection panel, to include the Convention Secretariat, WHO, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the project funder. The selection process will be based on the information provided in an application form setting out how the resources made available through the project would assist the applicant country to advance WHO FCTC implementation. The selection panel will also take into account information provided in the latest report on the implementation of the WHO FCTC.
A country meeting the following inclusion criteria can apply for selection as a FCTC 2030 Partner Party:
- is a Party to the WHO FCTC,
- has a political commitment to accelerate implementation of the WHO FCTC in the country and a willingness to offer leadership regionally and globally to encourage WHO FCTC implementation; and
- is included on the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of ODA recipients.
The selection panel will give consideration to the following criteria when selecting the FCTC 2030 Partner Parties:
- Ambition to accelerate implementation of the WHO FCTC, particularly the WHO FCTC time-bound measures;
- Intention to strengthen tobacco taxation;
- Readiness to accelerate implementation of the WHO FCTC, particularly through a commitment to multisectoral action and the full implementation of the obligations under Article 5 of the WHO FCTC;
- Understanding of the development dimensions of WHO FCTC implementation and how this will benefit achievement of the SDGs;
- Desire to receive the type of technical implementation assistance being offered through the project;
- A willingness to undertake, or have already taken part in a WHO FCTC Needs Assessment;
- Payment of WHO FCTC assessed contributions, or a commitment to do so in line with Conference of the Parties decision FCTC/COP7(23)
The FCTC 2030 project will prioritize support on WHO FCTC implementation to Parties which may not have received substantial amounts of assistance for tobacco control from elsewhere.
The Convention Secretariat will send a communication to the nominated WHO FCTC Focal Points inviting Parties that are eligible to receive ODA to express their interest in receiving support as a FCTC 2030 partner party.
Parties that wish to be considered for the selection should complete an application form and submit to the Head of the Convention Secretariat by Monday, 6 March 2017.
Application forms must be signed by the Head of State or Government, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Health, or any other competent government authority and submitted by email to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted in any of the six UN official languages.
As this is a health and development-oriented project, in addition to the application form, a letter of support from their WHO Country Representative, UNDP Resident Coordinator and/or other UN Agencies within the country would assist applications.
Feedback on the outcome of applications will be provided to the competent government authority that has submitted the application and to the nominated WHO FCTC Focal Points of each applicant Party by the end of March 2017.