First session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC

The first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO FCTC was held in Geneva from 6 to 17 February 2006. By the end of the session, the Convention had entered into force for 113 Parties. During this session, the Rules of Procedure and Financial Rules for the Conference of the Parties were adopted by consensus.

A number of other substantive decisions were made by the Conference, such as to establish the reporting system under the Convention, to initiate the development of possible protocols on cross-border advertising, promotion and sponsorship and on illicit trade in tobacco products and to initiate the elaboration of guidelines on Articles 8 (protection from exposure to tobacco smoke) and 9 (regulation of the contents of tobacco products) of the Convention.

The Conference adopted the budget and workplan for the period 2006-2007, financed through voluntary assessed contributions from Parties.The Conference of the Parties also decided that a permanent secretariat, the Convention Secretariat, shall be established within WHO and located in Geneva.