Second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

The second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) was held in Geneva from 20–25 October 2008. It was attended by representatives of 133 Parties, as well as 16 States non-Parties, two intergovernmental organizations and nine nongovernmental organizations accredited as observers to the Conference of the Parties.

The Chairperson’s text was accepted as the basis for negotiations. Particular issues were raised about the scope and the title of the protocol. It was also requested that the text includes references to the primacy of public health objective and to the linkage between illicit trade and the tobacco industry.

Based on the report of the INB, the Conference of the Parties decided at its third session in Durban in November 2008 that the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body will be held from 28 June to 5 July 2009 in Geneva.

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