India to host the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7)

The formal title of the meeting is “the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7)”. It will bring together the WHO FCTC’s 180 Parties – which includes almost every country in the world, as well as regional economic integration organizations like the European Union.

It is the first occasion that a COP meeting is being held in India and signals a strong and generous commitment of the Government of India to increase international co-operation and awareness of the WHO FCTC globally and especially in the WHO South-East Asia Region.

The meetings, jointly organised by the Government of India and the Convention Secretariat, will take place at the India Expo Centre & Mart in Delhi. COP7 will be held from 7-12 November 2016.

The Convention Secretariat will work hand-in-hand with the Government of India to welcome and work with delegates from the Parties and observers (States non-Parties, as well as intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations), to make the conference a success by advancing the work of the WHO FCTC, thereby strengthening the global battle against the devastating consequences of tobacco use.

*The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is an international treaty to address the increasing illegal trade in tobacco products. Based on Article 15 of the FCTC, it was adopted in November 2012 and currently has 13 Parties. It takes effect 90 days after 40 Parties have ratified.

**The FCTC entered into force in 2005. It was the first international treaty to be agreed under WHO’s auspices and has successfully helped to co-ordinate and energize the global struggle against tobacco. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the Convention’s governing body and is comprised of all 180 Parties. It regularly reviews the implementation of the Convention and takes action to promote its effectiveness. The regular sessions of COP are held at two yearly intervals.