Meeting of the drafting group on Article 6 reaches successful conclusion

The meeting of the open-ended intersessional drafting group on Article 6 (Price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco) established by the Conference of the Parties at its fifth session (COP5) in decision FCTC/COP5(7), took place in Geneva on 3–6 June 2013. The meeting reached a successful conclusion after four days of productive work. Participants at the meeting represented 39 Parties, one State non-Party, and four NGOs.

The group elected Simon Cotterell of Australia to be its Chair, and used as the basis of its work the draft guidelines contained in document FCTC/COP/5/8 and the guiding principles and recommendations adopted by COP5. The group agreed on a text for a set of draft guidelines, as requested by the COP. In accordance with decision FCTC/COP5(7), the text will be submitted to the COP at its sixth session.

The draft guidelines will be made available for Parties’ comments through a protected web site in September-October 2013.