Negotiations of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

At its second session, in July 2007, the Conference of the Parties (COP) decided to establish an Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB), open to all Parties, to draft and negotiate a protocol on illicit trade in tobacco products. The protocol would build upon and complement the provisions of Article 15 of the WHO FCTC.

The INB held five sessions, all in Geneva: in February 2008, in October 2008, in June 2009, in March 2010 and in March 2012. An informal working group composed of representatives of regional groups of Parties was also established by the COP at its fourth session and met twice, in July and September 2011, reporting on its work to the fifth session of the INB, as requested.

At its fifth session, in April 2012, the INB agreed on a draft text of a protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products. The Protocol was adopted at the fifth session of the COP (12–17 November 2012, Seoul, Republic of Korea). The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is the first protocol to the WHO FCTC, and a new treaty in its own right.

Sessions of the INB

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