Working Group preceding the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on the WHO FCTC (1999-2000)

During the 52nd World Health Assembly in May 1999, Member States adopted resolution WHA52.18, which established both a WHO FCTC Working Group and an Intergovernmental Negotiating Body. This resolution mapped out an integrated process for developing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and possible related protocols with the full participation of Member States. The mission of the WHO FCTC Working Group, which was open to participation by all WHO Member States and regional economic integration organizations, was to prepare the proposed draft elements of the WHO FCTC and to submit a report to the 53rd World Health Assembly.

The first meeting of the WHO FCTC Working Group took place in Geneva from 25 to 29 October 1999, with a second meeting taking place in Geneva from 27 to 29 March 2000. The two Working Group meetings produced a draft catalogue of possible elements of the WHO FCTC. A final report from the Working Group was delivered to the 53rd World Health Assembly which took place from 15 to 20 May 2000.