Open-ended intersessional drafting group on Article 6

Price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco

COP5 adopted a set of guiding principles and recommendations and established an open-ended intersessional drafting group to continue the work and present a complete draft for consideration at its sixth session (in decision FCTC/COP5(7)). The drafting group met in Geneva on 3–6 June 2013 with the participation of representatives of 40 Parties, as well as representatives of four nongovernmental organizations. Mr Simon Cotterell of Australia, was elected as the Chair of the group.

The group agreed on a text of the draft guidelines, which was subsequently made available by the Secretariat for Parties' comments for a period of eight weeks, from 16 September 2013 to 8 November 2013. The final text of the draft guidelines and the report of the group will be made available latest 60 days before the opening of COP6.