New Head of the Convention Secretariat takes office

On 20 June 2014 Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, from Brazil, takes office as the new Head of the Convention Secretariat, replacing Dr Haik Nikogosian who held the position of first Head of the Secretariat for 7 years. Dr da Costa e Silva and Dr Nikogosian are pictured at left during an informal handover meeting that took place on 19 June at the Convention Secretariat. Dr da Costa e Silva is a medical doctor with a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ). She actively participated in the negotiations for the WHO FCTC and held important positions at WHO. Before joining the Convention Secretariat, Dr da Costa e Silva worked as coordinator for the Center for Studies on Tobacco and Health of the National Public Health School (ENSP/FIOCRUZ).

COP6 invitations sent to Parties and Observers

In accordance with decision FCTC/COP5(24) the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC (COP6) will be held from 13 to 18 October 2014 in Moscow, Russian Federation.

Invitations along with the provisional agenda and the guide for participants have been sent out to Parties and accredited observers inviting them to nominate their representatives.

President addresses the regional meeting on implementation
of the WHO FCTC

H.E. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of the Republic of Fiji, addressed the opening of the Western Pacific Regional meeting on implementation of the WHO FCTC, held in Nadi, Fiji, on 28-30 April 2014. The meeting was attended by representatives from 23 Parties as well as several observer organizations and experts. This was the second regional meeting convened this year, with Hungary hosting the European Regional meeting in Budapest in March.