European Commission provides €5.2 million to support implementation of the WHO FCTC globally

The European Commission has decided to provide €5.2 million to support low- and middle-income countries in their tobacco-control efforts through effective implementation of the WHO FCTC. The funding will help the Convention Secretariat to scale up work already undertaken on joint needs assessments, capacity building and enhancement of international cooperation, in line with the provisions of the Convention and decisions of the Conference of the Parties.

The work planned under the grant will assist Parties in fully meeting their obligations under the Convention and better integrating tobacco-control policies into their national health and development strategies and programmes. It will also contribute to implementation of the commitments made in the Political Declaration of the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) of September 2011, which urged an accelerated implementation of the WHO FCTC given its important role in global action against the growing burden of NCDs.

The funding comes from the European Union’s “Investing in People” programme, which pursues a broad approach to development and poverty reduction in partner countries as part of efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.