Australia provides extrabudgetary funds to support WHO FCTC work

Australia has provided extrabudgetary contributions of AUD 985 000 to support progress in the work programme agreed by the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties.

The funds are supporting priority activities unfunded in 2013, including the intersessional group to complete draft guidelines on Article 6 (Price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco) and technical and institutional activities to support the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

The Australian contributions will also fill key gaps in the 2014-2015 budget and workplan, funding meetings of both the expert group on Article 19 (Liability) and the working group on sustainable measures to strengthen implementation of the Convention; closing the funding gap for participation of low-resource Parties in work on Articles 9 and 10 (Regulation of the contents of tobacco products and Regulation of tobacco product disclosures) and economically sustainable alternatives to tobacco growing (in relation to Articles 17 and 18); and supporting implementation assistance activities in the Pacific region.

Speaking at WHO’s launch of World No Tobacco Day, on 31 May 2013, Professor Jane Halton, Secretary of Australia’s Department of Health and Ageing, said that the Australian Government believes that the health and social costs of tobacco are far too high for any government to ignore, and is proud to be supporting continued progress in global implementation of the WHO FCTC.