Speech By Outgoing Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva

Convention Secretariat

It is time to say goodbye and thank you for the confidence and support you have generously provided during my tenure as Head of the Convention Secretariat.

These five and half years have been an incredible journey, a unique experience in which working together with all of you we advanced implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and launched a new initiative with the entrance into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

I am very fortunate to have befriended and learned from so many committed, visionary and capable individuals and their organizations.

More than 40 delegates representing 11 European countries met in Latvia for a workshop on illicit trade in tobacco products

More than 40 delegates representing 11 countries met in Riga, Latvia, to attend the multisectoral workshop for WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Parties in the European Region on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (the Protocol).

The Protocol is the first international legal instrument to address illicit trade in tobacco products. It was adopted by consensus on 12 November 2012 by Parties to the WHO FCTC and entered into force on 25 September 2018.

GS2025 - initiation of a new project to pilot the Implementation Review Mechanism

Convention Secretariat

At its eighth session, the COP adopted the “Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control: Advancing Sustainable Development through the Implementation of the WHO FCTC 2019–2025” (in short: GS2025) , which is intended to guide the implementation of the WHO FCTC in the near future, including the activities of the Parties, the Convention Secretariat and other stakeholders.

In line with specific objective 3.1.2 of the GS2025, the creation, by 2020, of a peer-led WHO FCTC Implementation Review Mechanism (IRM) will facilitate addressing gaps and challenges of individual Parties, share lessons learnt and contribute to the implementation of the Strategy and the Convention as a whole.

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