Implementation and Assistance
The spread of the tobacco epidemic is a global problem with serious consequences for public health that calls for the widest possible international cooperation to deliver an effective, appropriate and comprehensive international response.
Action is therefore needed to assist developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition in the implementation of effective tobacco-control measures at country level, as required by the WHO FCTC.
The Convention Secretariat promotes multisectoral, comprehensive tobacco-control policies at country level and close coordination with international and intergovernmental organizations (in line with Articles 22–26 of the Convention).
In accordance with the decisions of the Conference of the Parties, mechanisms of assistance to Parties (mostly developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition), include: needs assessments and sharing of best practices; support to the development of projects and programmes that address identified needs; advice on and promotion of access to available resources; awareness raising and communication; promotion of the transfer of technical, scientific and legal expertise and technology; compilation and communication of information on treaty matters; promotion of South-South and triangular cooperation; and coordination with international organizations.
Consistent with decisions made by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization 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.
- WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
- Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
- About the WHO FCTC