COP6 concluded in Moscow on October 18

The sixth session of the Conference of the parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded in Moscow. Several landmark decisions were adopted in the course of the six-day session, regarded as one of the most successful in the WHO FCTC’s history.

WHO and FCTC made a joint statement at WTO meeting

On 29 October Dr Vera da Costa e Silva, the Head of the Convention Secretariat made a joint statement with the WHO at the WTO Council for Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

Austria becomes the fifth Party to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

On 3 November, Austria deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. The Convention Secretariat would like to congratulate Austria on becoming the fifth Party to the Protocol. Austria, the first of the EU member states to do so, followed Mongolia, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Gabon. The first protocol to the WHO FCTC is open for ratification, acceptance, approval, formal confirmation or accession by all WHO FCTC Parties. It will enter into force upon ratification by 40 Parties.