Observers to the Conference of the Parties

Seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7)
WHO FCTC Secretariat

Rules 29 to 31 of the Rules of Procedure of the Conference of the Parties define who may attend the public or open sessions of the Conference of the Parties or meetings of its subsidiary bodies as an observer, without the right to vote.

State non-Party

Any Member State of WHO which is not a Party to the Convention, any Associate Member of WHO, or any other State which is not a Party to the Convention but which is a Member of the United Nations, or its specialized agencies or of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and any regional economic integration organization, as defined in Article 1(b) of the Convention, which is not a Party to the Convention (Rule 29).

International intergovernmental organizations (IGOs)

Any international intergovernmental organization may apply to the Secretariat for observer status, which may be granted by the Conference of the Parties, taking into account the 17th and 18th preambular paragraphs as well as Article 5.3 of the Convention (Rule 30.1).

Apply for observer status to the COP

In the form of a letter addressed to the WHO FCTC Secretariat, the application duly endorsed by the governing body of the organization concerned, should be submitted to the Secretariat not later than 90 days before the opening of the session, according to the Rules of Procedure. (Rule 30.1)


COP8 deadline for application: : 1st July 2018.


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Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)

International and regional nongovernmental organizations whose aims and activities are in conformity with the spirit, purpose and principles of the Convention may apply to the Secretariat for observer status which may be granted by the Conference of the Parties, based on the report of the Secretariat, and taking into account the 17th and 18th preambular paragraphs as well as Article 5.3 of the Convention (Rule 31.2). Such applications should be submitted to the Secretariat not later than 90 days before the opening of the session, according to the Rules of Procedure.


COP8 deadline for application: 1st July 2018.


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NGOs reports

The Conference of the Parties shall review the accreditation of each NGO at any of its regular sessions and thus determine the desirability of maintaining its observer status. (Rule 31.3)


Deadline for reports submission at the latest six months before the opening of the COP session.



Rules of the Procedure of the COP