Regional meeting on implementation of the WHO FCTC in the Americas

Participants from 31 countries in the Americas, including 26 Parties and five States non-Parties, as well as 11 intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations that are observers to the Conference of the Parties (COP), met from 3 to 6 September in Bogota, Colombia. They discussed and promoted implementation of the Convention in the Americas, including through a review of treaty instruments and resources and mechanisms of assistance available to Parties. Participants also identified implementation challenges and explored the role of and possible contributions from international partners for assisting Parties in strengthening their implementation of the Convention. In addition, the meeting also provided an opportunity to promote the signature and ratification of the recently adopted Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Development partners, such as the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (via video conference) participated in the meeting. The World Customs Organization and the United Nations office on Drugs and Crime, through its country office, also participated.

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

The meeting was convened in line with the workplan adopted by the COP and financially supported under the European Union grant to promote implementation of the Convention in developing countries.

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