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

Today, 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.

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.

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