Intersessional bodies make progress
The five intersessional bodies mandated by COP5 are in the final stages of their work. Two of them (on Articles 9 and 10, and on Articles 17 and 18) have just held their meetings, with two others (on Article 19, and on sustainable measures) to hold their second meetings by early April. The drafting group on Article 6 has finalized its work, with the report to COP6 expected soon.
More than 50 Parties sign the Protocol on illicit trade
The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was open for signature between 10 January 2013 and 9 January 2014. During that time, the Protocol was signed by 54 Parties to the WHO FCTC. One State – Nicaragua – also ratified to become the first Party to the Protocol. From now on, Parties to the WHO FCTC are encouraged to ratify the Protocol as soon as possible to enable its early entry into force, which will take place after 40 ratifications.
Parties reports awaited
The 2014 cycle for Parties’ implementation reports will commence on 1 January 2014. All Parties to the WHO FCTC are expected to submit their reports on implementation of the Convention by 15 April 2014. The Convention Secretariat will prepare the 2014 global progress report based on the reports received by 15 April for consideration by the 6th session of the Conference of the Parties. The Secretariat will be able to provide technical assistance in preparation of the reports, upon request.