The Head of the Convention Secretariat meets Dr Oleg Chestnov, ADG/WHO

The Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva met Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health to discuss opportunities for strengthening integration of WHO FCTC implementation with the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020.

Progress continues towards COP6

Preparations are continuing for the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6), to be held in Moscow on 13-18 October 2014. A Convention Secretariat team visited Moscow in July, meeting the Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, Dr Veronika Skvortsova, and discussing arrangements for COP6 with colleagues from the Russian Government. The engagement and hard work of the Russian Government and its staff promises to make this a memorable and successful COP, in line with the progress made by the Russian Federation in implementation of the Convention at country level.

El Salvador ratifies the WHO FCTC

It is with great pleasure that the Convention Secretariat would like to announce that on 21 July 2014 El Salvador became the latest country to ratify the WHO FCTC. In 90 days from that date (19 October 2014), El Salvador will therefore become the 179th Party to the Convention.