More About Funding the TC Scoundrels

SmokingScot left me an interesting link which shows the contributions from States which signed up to the FCTC. Here it is:

http://www.who.int/fctc/cop/VAC_31_March_2014.pdf?ua=1

It makes very interesting reading.

I’ve been seeking out some facts.

All the States which signed up to the FCTC agreed to make “Voluntary Assessed Contributions”. There are 176 countries signed up. The link shows the contributions from signed-up countries. The tables are for the periods: 2006-11, 2012-13 and 2014-15. As at March 2014, very few had paid their ‘subs’ for 2014-15, but I suppose that the subs are dues at whatever time during the period. As far as I can see, the accounts are bi-annual, but I don’t know if the year-end date is actually 31st December or another date during the period.

I’ve been doing some counting.

Period 2006-11.

Payments are USA dollars or equivalent.

Out of the 176 countries, 36 had either paid nothing or had some arrears from the period 2006-11.

Of that 36, 21 had paid nothing.

A lot of the countries are obliged to pay only small amounts (eg. $400). The larger amounts of either arrears or non-payment are:

Bahrain…………………11,083 (Full amount of subs).

Iceland…………………12,605 (………”………………..).

Nigeria…………………..5,401 (Part).

Pakistan…………………6,466 (Part).

Poland………………….55,431 (Part).

Saudi Arabia………..258,038 (Full amount).

Sudan……………………3,259 (Full).

Ukraine……………….14,958 (Full).

Yemen………………….2,307 (Full).

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Period 2012-13.

Out of the 176 countries, 72 were in arrears or paid nothing.

Of the 72, 51 had paid nothing.

Again, taking only the larger amounts (either arrears or the whole amount):

Bahrain…………..4531 (full).

Belgium……….124905 (full).

Cyprus……………4669 (part).

Ecuador………….4648 (full).

France……………8549 (part).

Iceland…………..4880 (full).

Kuwait………….30555 (full).

Nigeria………….9062 (full).

Pakistan………..9527 (full).

Saudi Arabia…96441 (full).

Spain…………..51525 (part).

Tunisia………….3485 (full).

Ukraine………..10107 (full).

Venezuela…….36481 (full).

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Period 2014-15.

As I said, it is early day for the period 2014-15 so nothing can be read into arrears for this period. What might be more interesting is the countries which have already paid up in full or substantially. I’m just going to list the big contributors (all fully paid up):

Australia………..240000 (Aprox).

Czech………………45000.

India………………77000.

Ireland……………48000.

New Zealnd……..29000.

Singapore……….45000.

Turkey………….154000.

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A couple of notes. The USA did not ‘ratify’ and pays nothing. The UK’s contribution for this year is 601000, but has not paid anything yet. (No doubt being only half a million dollars, it will be treated as small change in due course). Also observe that the EU is treated as a ‘State’ and pays around 300000 dollars in its own right.

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I hope that readers will have noticed the really important thing. It is not the amounts involved which matter.

The sums involved in the arrears/unpaid are not great. The figures below are the totals for the periods:

Period…………Total Subs due from all countries……..Unpaid/arrears.

2006-11……….25,600,000…………………………………388,000.

2012-13…………9,150,000…………………………………460,000.

(NB. The arrears for 2012-13 are around three times greater than for 2006-11, despite not being large in volume)

What is important is that, for the period 20o6-11, out of the 176 countries, 20.5% of the 176 countries were in arrears or had not paid, and 12% had paid nothing. For the period 2012-13, 41% were in arrears or had not paid and 29% had paid nothing. These figures are very indicative to me. I see a serious waning in enthusiasm for the FCTC. 29% who have not paid their subs atall is a seriously big figure, even it the total amount in cash is not great. If that were a golf club, it would be the equivalent of losing a lot of midweek members. Also, as regards the figure of 41% of the total membership either being a couple of years in arrears, in most golf clubs (even if they were mostly of the weekday, country, junior membership), that would be worrying. The club may not be losing much money, but it is losing support.

So we can deduce that close to 50% of the countries which signed up for the FCTC are looking at their contributions and asking themselves what they are getting for the money and coming to the conclusion that they are not getting much, or nothing at all. So they signed up for the FCTC because it seemed to be the right thing to do at the time.

What should happen is that all the countries which are as much as two years in arrears with their subs should be chucked out and their membership terminated. That would mean that the number of countries involved in the FCTC would fall from 176 to 102.

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But there is another consideration. If we accept that the UK (for example) entered into a treaty to abide by the stated objectives of the treaty, in terms of ‘things to be done’, then the UK has done everything required by the treaty. The Zealots say that ‘plain packaging’ was part of the treaty, but I doubt that such a thing was specified at the time. I doubt that anyone would have accepted, at the time, that the differentiation between brands by the colours of cig packets was advertising. In fact, I have no doubt that a lot of the FCTC ‘treaty’ was written after it had been accepted!

What this means is that the UK has ‘done its duty’. There is therefore no reason for the UK to pay any more money to support the FCTC. If that were not so, then the UK would be committed to pay subs to the FCTC ON DEMAND FOR EVER. The treaty would never end until the very last smoker has been herded into the gas chamber.

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “More About Funding the TC Scoundrels”

  1. Harleyrider1978 Says:

    They don’t give enuf money to get the treaty mailed to the next address…………

  2. Harleyrider1978 Says:

    The FCTC is only as good as the political commitment to keep it alive. If the dollar amounts are an indication of political will to finance it……..roflyao……………..

    • Junican Says:

      Yes, it looks as though many of the contributions were ridiculously small – deliberately so – just to get those nations to sign up.

  3. Rose Says:

    In fact, I have no doubt that a lot of the FCTC ‘treaty’ was written after it had been accepted!

    Yes, and “we” helped write it which is probably why “we” enforce it so viciously when others don’t.

    I would quite like to know the political make up of this “we”.

    6 May 2009
    Baroness Thornton: “My Lords, I welcome the sentiment of this amendment. The Government are fully committed to implementing the articles and guidelines of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The UK Government’s policy on engagement with the tobacco industry is to abide by the guidelines for implementation in Article 5.3.

    We take seriously our responsibilities under the FCTC.

    Indeed, we have already contributed as a partner country to the development of guidelines for Articles 8 and 11, which concern protection from second-hand smoke and the packaging and labelling of tobacco.

    We continue as partners in the development of guidelines for implementing Articles 9 and 10, which regulate the contents and disclosures of tobacco products, and we are formally facilitating the development of Article 14 guidelines on demand reduction measures concerning tobacco dependence and cessation

    Article 5.3 guidelines were agreed at the third conference of the parties to the FCTC in November last year, and the UK worked with EU counterparts to refine, improve and gain consensus for the final guidelines.

    The UK Government abide by their responsibilities under the guidelines for implementing Article 5.3.”
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldhansrd/text/90506-0010.htm

    • Junican Says:

      I suspect that the ‘we’ were not political as such. They will have been the academics linked to the Health Dept, acting in concert with their opposite numbers in Australia, Canada, etc.

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