Togo, a new Party to the Protocol
The Convention Secretariat is proud to count Togo as a new Party to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (the Protocol). Togo being the 35rd Party (including the European Union) to ratify the Protocol, six Parties are now needed for its entry into force.
If the 40th instrument is deposited on or before 2 July 2018, the first session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOP1) will be convened from 8 to 10 October 2018, directly after the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC. Parties to the Protocol will then be allowed to participate in MOP1 with full rights whereas Parties to the WHO FCTC having not ratified the Protocol will only be able to participate as observers.
The Convention Secretariat is therefore inviting all Parties to the WHO FCTC to ratify the Protocol as soon as possible to start counteracting illicit trade on a global level.
The Protocol provides tools for preventing and controlling illicit trade by securing the supply chain, including by establishing an international tracking and tracing system, through dissuasive law enforcement measures and a suite of measures to enable international cooperation.