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Convention Secretariat

This year marks, as for every second year, important intergovernmental negotiations for the future of Global Tobacco Control. The Eighth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the WHO FCTC will be convened in Geneva (Switzerland), at the seat of the Convention Secretariat, from 1 to 6 October 2018. If 40 Parties to the treaty become Parties to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by 2 July 2018, COP8 will be followed by the first session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP1).

COP8 will bring together the 181 Parties to the Convention as well as the observers namely, States that are not Parties to the Convention, international intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations.

The Convention Secretariat’s engagement during the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (Convention Secretariat) will be actively involved in the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH 2018) that will take place from the 7th to the 9th of March 2018.

Yesterday the Convention Secretariat had a meeting with the FCTC 2030 parties. Today, the Convention Secretariat have launched the WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and the Tobacco Industry Observatory and the campaign to promote COP8 that will take place from 1-6 October.

Convention Secretariat celebrates 50th Needs Assessment Mission for the implementation of the WHO FCTC as Zambia mission ends

WHO FCTC Secretariat

The 50th needs assessment mission for the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has completed its visit to Zambia, marking a milestone in efforts to assist Parties with their obligations under the treaty.

The international team, led by the Convention Secretariat, and comprising WHO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were in Zambia to work with officials from the Ministry of Health and other government ministries and agencies. The mission also met national stakeholders, the WHO country office and members of the UN Country Team to identify the needs and barriers in the implementation of the Treaty and discuss measures to aid moving forward, as well as the roles and responsibilities of each of the different sectors

The visit was completed on 24 November 2017, eight years after the first needs assessment mission in Lesotho in October 2009.

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