Protocol on illicit trade – the first anniversary of adoption
One year ago, on 12 November 2012, the Parties to the WHO FCTC adopted the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products in Seoul, Republic of Korea. It is the first protocol to the WHO FCTC and a new international treaty in its own right. It is also another milestone in strengthening tobacco control and the legal dimensions of international health cooperation. The Protocol is open for signature and ratification by all WHO FCTC Parties.
Ireland aims to be tobacco-free by 2025
A new tobacco policy has been launched in Ireland that aims to make the country tobacco free by 2025. The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, launched Tobacco Free Ireland on 3 October 2013, saying: “to make Ireland tobacco free in 12 years is an extraordinary challenge, but if we work together to denormalize smoking for young people we can do it”. Dr Reilly added that “protecting children from the harms of tobacco is the key aim” of the policy.
UN TREATY EVENT 2013 – Another eleven Parties signed the Protocol
© United NationsAt the United Nations Treaty Event 2013, held from 24 to 26 September and from 30 September to 1 October 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, another eleven Parties signed the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products: Benin, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Finland, Ghana, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Sudan and the United Republic of Tanzania. This brings the total number of signatories to 34 as of 2 October 2013.
Regional meeting on implementation of the WHO FCTC in the Americas
The regional meeting on implementation of the WHO FCTC took place from 3 to 6 September 2013 in Bogota, Colombia. It was organized by the Convention Secretariat, in cooperation with the PAHO/WHO Regional Office, kindly supported and hosted by the Government of Colombia. The meeting was financially supported by the European Union.