Regional meeting to discuss implementation of the Convention in the WHO African Region

A regional meeting on implementation of the WHO FCTC will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 9–12 October 2012 will bringing together Parties to the Convention from the WHO African Region, States non-Parties, nongovernmental organizations that are observers to the Conference of the Parties (COP) and development partners. Among other topics, participants will discuss progress in implementation of the Convention in the region, with special regard to time-bound measures under the Convention, inter-country cooperation, and the preparations for the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties.

The participants will exchange experiences and views regarding recent progress in implementation of the Convention in the region, with special regard to Article 5 (General obligations), Article 8 (Protection from exposure to tobacco smoke), Article 11 (Packaging and labelling of tobacco products), Article 12 (Education, communication, training and public awareness) and article 13 (Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship) as well as any other priority areas in regional context. Separate sessions will be dedicated to mechanisms of country assistance and international cooperation, as well as to the role of development partners in promoting implementation of the Convention in the region. Participants will also have the opportunity to review preparations for the fifth session of the COP to be held in the Republic of Korea in November 2012.

Representatives of development partners from the United Nations, the World Bank, UNCTAD and UN Women will share their perspectives on relevant development assistance mechanisms, in particular the integration of implementation of the Convention into the United Nations Development Assistance Framework at country level, as envisaged in decision FCTC/COP4(17) adopted by the COP at its fourth session.

During the meeting, Parties will aim to identify good practices to guide promotion of implementation of the Convention in the region and existing mechanisms of assistance available to Parties in strengthening their implementation of the Convention.

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