Permanent Missions Briefed by Convention Secretariat on COP7 arrangements

The Convention Secretariat met with Permanent Mission representatives to the World Health Organization (WHO) for a briefing session. They heard about plans for the seventh Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The meeting was held at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva.

The provisional agenda of COP7 was presented and the host Government, through its Permanent Mission, extended a welcome to all Parties planning to attend the conference, to be held in Delhi, India, 7 – 12 November. The meeting was told that visa information is now available on the Indian website and that the entire conference site is to be a tobacco free area.

The Countdown begins for a united stand against illicit tobacco products

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Only twenty more Parties are required for the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to enter into force. Now that Senegal has ratified the Protocol the critical number of 40 ratifications is getting closer and the countdown to it entering into force has begun. The Convention Secretariat has launched its own prominent counter on the website.

“This is an important moment. We can now look forward to delivering a safer and healthier world. The Protocol will help build robust measures to stop trafficking in illicit tobacco products and counter the criminality and suffering that comes with this illegal trade.” explains Katharina Kummer Peiry, Senior Legal Adviser at the Convention Secretariat.

Documents and Media Accreditation for COP7

The Convention Secretariat of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has released the first set of official documents for the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) well in advance of the 60 days’ deadline. This will help prepare the Parties for the important event in India, 7 – 12 November 2016.

Remaining documents will be released as they are completed. The available documents can be accessed on this website, by clicking to the COP7 page.

Upcoming events

26-28 September 2016, Nadi, Fiji – Subregional multisectoral Protocol workshop

29-30 September 2016, Nadi, Fiji – Pre-COP7 regional meeting for the Western Pacific region, (Pacific countries), co-organized by the Convention Secretariat and WPRO

4-6 October 2016, Panama City, Panama – Pre-COP7 regional meeting for the Americas region, co-organized by the Convention Secretariat and AMRO.

19-21 October 2016, Manila Philippines –South-South and triangular collaboration workshop on Article 6

7-12 November 2016, Delhi, India, at the India Expo Centre – Seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7)

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