The Convention Secretariat of WHO FCTCcontinues to assist countries in the identification of their needs to achieve full implementation of the Convention. In August and September 2015 three needs assessment missions were conducted, responding to requests sent to the Convention Secretariat by the governments of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Belarus and Mongolia.
An expert consultation on alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers and workers took place in New Delhi, India, on 30-31 July 2015. The meeting was organized by the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia in cooperation with the Convention Secretariat.
The first meeting of the expert group on impact assessment of the WHO FCTC, established by the Conference of the Parties, took place in Geneva, at the WHO Headquarters, on 10-11 August 2015.