Convention Secretariat is inviting Parties that are eligible to receive Official Development Assistance (ODA) to apply for the second round of the FCTC 2030 in support to the implementation of the WHO FCTC

With the expansion of the FCTC 2030 project, countries that are eligible to receive Official Development Assistance (ODA) are encouraged to apply for individually tailored assistance to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Parties to the Convention who are committed to accelerate WHO FCTC implementation need to submit their applications by 22 November 2019.

The importance of effective tobacco control in promoting sustainable development is becoming increasingly recognized. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a specific target on the implementation of the WHO FCTC.

More than 60 delegates representing 13 countries met in Montego Bay, Jamaica for the multisectoral workshop for WHO FCTC Parties in the Caribbean Region to promote the Protocol

Convention Secretariat

Today, more than 60 delegates representing 13 countries met in Montego Bay, Jamaica for the multisectoral workshop for WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Parties in the Caribbean Region to promote the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (the Protocol).

The Protocol is the first legally binding instrument adopted under the WHO FCTC.

To date, the Protocol counts 56 Parties, including 6 Parties (Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama and Uruguay) from the WHO Region of the Americas, but none from the Caribbean States that are Parties to the WHO FCTC.

The Convention Secretariat calls Parties to remain vigilant towards novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products

By Mike Mozart from Funny YouTube, USA (No Vaping Sign) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Mike Mozart / [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The emergence in the global market of novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products has been discussed by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) since its third session (COP3) in 2008. The successive COPs have seen and discussed a series of technical reports, including those developed by WHO, and adopted a number of decisions that have the potential to guide Parties’ actions towards establishment of a regulatory framework for novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products and for monitoring their presence in the market.

According to the terminology used in reports submitted to the COP, the leading novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products can be classified in three broad categories: electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) , electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS) and heated tobacco products (HTPs). Allowing such products to penetrate national markets without regulating them could threaten implementation of tobacco control strategies, as well as could undermine the denormalization of tobacco use upheld by the Convention.

Upcoming events

18 – 19 November 2019, Bilthoven, Netherlands – Meeting to review the latest available scientific evidence on the impact of cigarette ventilation on cigarette use

21 – 22 November 2019, Bilthoven, Netherlands – Meeting of the Expert Group on Articles 9 and 10 of the WHO FCTC

26 – 28 November 2019, Panama City, Panama – First meeting of the Working Group on Tracking and tracing systems, including the global information-sharing focal point and unique identification markings for cigarette packets and packages

3 – 5 December 2019, Quito, Ecuador – First meeting of the Working Group on Assistance and Cooperation under the Protocol

3 – 4 December 2019, Brasilia, Brazil – Workshop on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

9 – 10 December 2019, Riga, Latvia – Workshop on EU illicit tobacco trade

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