While much progress has been made over the past 15 years in turning the FCTC’s policy recommendations into practice at the national level, large gaps still remain within and between regions. Governments have consistently reported that a major obstacle to progress has been a lack of sustainable resources.
In 2018, FCA and CRUK commissioned an estimation of the size of the ‘global funding gap’ for FCTC implementation based on data from a small, regionally representative group of countries. The analysis has suggested that national per capita expenditure on domestic tobacco control policies rarely meets the levels needed to effectively scale-up policies to FCTC-compliant levels.
What’s more, while a number of governments and philanthropies have in recent years made substantial investments of international assistance for tobacco control, there is still a $27B gap between existing domestic and international funding for tobacco control and what’s needed to fully implement the FCTC.
The FCTC Conference of the Parties has in recent years also faced challenges. The Convention Secretariat requires sustainable funding to fulfil its critical coordination role and to implement the COP-endorsed commitments in its workplan. Nonetheless, Parties have pushed for a zero-nominal-increase policy at each COP session since the treaty’s inception, stretching the COP’s budget to the limit.
A major focus of FCA’s ongoing work has been to support research, analysis, discourse and policy change to address this situation. This webinar will provide participants with an orientation of the various dimensions of the global funding gap for tobacco control, as well as an overview of the discussions currently taking place on how to address the challenges of funding FCTC implementation at multiple levels.