Regional meeting for South-East Asia on Implementation of the WHO FCTC

The regional meeting for South-East Asia on implementation of the WHO FCTC has taken place from 23-26 July 2013 in New Delhi, India. Nine Parties and one State non-Party (Indonesia) participated in the meeting. The meeting was organized by the Convention Secretariat, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India, the host of the meeting, and with the financial support of the European Union. Several inter-governmental partners, such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Bank, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (via video conference), and World Customs Organization (WCO) were invited and participated. The Framework Convention Alliance and World Lung Foundation representing civil society were also among the participants. The meeting was convened in cooperation with the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss and promote implementation of the Convention in the Region. It also provided an opportunity to promote the signature and ratification of the recently adopted Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Parties identified good practices to guide implementation of the WHO FCTC and to utilize the mechanisms of assistance available internationally. They also agreed on actions to be taken to accelerate the implementation of the Convention in the Region.