Leaving 2018 with a full basket of accomplishments and entering 2019 with renewed energy

Secretariat of the WHO FCTC

2018 was a very productive and successful year for global tobacco control. The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has walked along with Parties to the WHO FCTC, the World Health Organization (WHO), international intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders to set the path for more progress in the coming years to protect present and future generations from the shattering effects of tobacco.

Here are highlights from 2018 of the support to Parties to the WHO FCTC and to the Parties to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products as they implement both global tobacco-control treaties.

MOP1 concludes after laying the foundation for global cooperation and tobacco tracking system to crack down on illicit tobacco trade

Secretariat of the WHO FCTC / P. Virot

The Meeting of the Parties (MOP1) to a new global treaty to fight the tobacco illicit market closed its first session on Wednesday after taking the first steps towards the creation of a monitoring system to track and trace the movement of tobacco products.

The three-day session was the first gathering of the Parties to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, following the treaty’s entry into force on 25 September.

“This meeting was a historic occasion and a critical turning point for tobacco control and public health,” said Carlos Cisneros, MOP1 President and Ecuador Undersecretary of Health Promotion. “The illicit tobacco trade jeopardizes both public health and tobacco control efforts. We must act together to fight the illicit tobacco trade with a common framework.”

WHO opens first Meeting of Parties to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

Secretariat of the WHO FCTC / P. Virot

Parties to a global treaty to combat the international tobacco black market today opened their first session, launching a new front in tobacco control efforts.

The first Meeting of the Parties (MOP1) to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products marks a milestone in the implementation of its mother treaty, the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Upcoming events

22 – 24 January 2019 , Freetown, Sierra Leone – Formal launch of the FCTC 2030 project and initiation of the WHO FCTC investment case

11 – 12 March 2019 , Geneva, Switzerland – First meeting of the Bureau elected by COP8 (Closed meeting)

13 March 2019 , Geneva, Switzerland – First common meeting of the Bureaus elected by COP8 and MOP1 (Closed meeting)

14 – 15 March 2019 , Geneva, Switzerland – First meeting of the Bureau elected by MOP1 (Closed meeting)

20 – 22 March 2019 , San Salvador, El Salvador – FCTC 2030 Annual Planning Workshop

21 – 22 March 2019 , Geneva, Switzerland – Pilot project on illicit trade in tobacco products in the European Union - Experts workshop

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