Transparency, Yes. Interference, No.

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In the lead up to the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) there are growing signs that the tobacco industry is attempting to interfere with the work being planned in Delhi, 7 – 12 November, 2016.

The Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, writes an opinion piece for the Huffington Post that looks at the history of public health policy development connected to tobacco control. In the early days, the tobacco industry was involved in the process, only to be found out, using their position to confuse and delay.

Permanent Missions Briefed by Convention Secretariat on COP7 arrangements

The Convention Secretariat met with Permanent Mission representatives to the World Health Organization (WHO) for a briefing session. They heard about plans for the seventh Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The meeting was held at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva.

The provisional agenda of COP7 was presented and the host Government, through its Permanent Mission, extended a welcome to all Parties planning to attend the conference, to be held in Delhi, India, 7 – 12 November. The meeting was told that visa information is now available on the Indian website and that the entire conference site is to be a tobacco free area.

The Countdown begins for a united stand against illicit tobacco products

WHO FCTC Secretariat- made by Mitchel Lara
WHO FCTC Secretariat

Only twenty more Parties are required for the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to enter into force. Now that Senegal has ratified the Protocol the critical number of 40 ratifications is getting closer and the countdown to it entering into force has begun. The Convention Secretariat has launched its own prominent counter on the website.

“This is an important moment. We can now look forward to delivering a safer and healthier world. The Protocol will help build robust measures to stop trafficking in illicit tobacco products and counter the criminality and suffering that comes with this illegal trade.” explains Katharina Kummer Peiry, Senior Legal Adviser at the Convention Secretariat.

Upcoming events

19 – 21 October 2016, Manila, Philippines – South-South and triangular collaboration workshop on Art. 6

20 – 21 October 2016, Moscow, Russian Federation – Pre-COP7 meeting for Parties to the FCTC from the Newly Independent States

7 – 12 November 2016, Delhi, India, at the India Expo Centre – Seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7)

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