India to host the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) and the first session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP1)

India is to host the most important global anti-tobacco conferences, which will review the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

COP7 will bring together the WHO FCTC’s 180 Parties – which includes almost every country in the world, as well as regional economic integration organizations like the European Union. It is also hoped that the event will be followed by the first session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP1) of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, if it enters into force by August 2016.

A happy and healthy new year!

The Convention Secretariat concluded a year of significant progress in 2015. We addressed a wide range of matters, from the decisions of the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the restructuring of the Secretariat, in particular by strengthening its capacity to offer country assistance.

The Secretariat conducted six needs-assessment missions; co-organized, with the respective WHO regional offices, two regional workshops on the implementation of WHO FCTC; arranged four regional or sub-regional workshops to promote the entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products; and organized three meetings of expert/working groups established by the COP. Additionally, one meeting was dedicated to strengthening south-south and triangular cooperation between the Parties, and another to mechanisms preventing tobacco industry interference with international forums.

On the road towards forty: WHO FCTC Secretariat continues series of regional workshops to promote the Protocol

The Government of Sri Lanka hosted an intergovernmental meeting in Colombo from 13 to 14 October 2015 to promote the entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products in South East Asia. The meeting was organized by the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in cooperation with the World Health Organization, as part of a global effort to bring this international treaty into force within the next year.

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