Workshop on trade and investment issues relevant to implementation of the WHO FCTC

The Secretariat held a second workshop on international trade- and investment-related tobacco control issues at WHO Headquarters on 31 March 2014. The workshop was convened in recognition of the continuing accumulation of national experiences in this area since the first such workshop was held in March 2012, and in support of the decisions taken by COP4 and COP5 (FCTC/COP4(18) and FCTC/COP5(15)) on the need to promote cooperation, knowledge and information sharing on trade related tobacco control issues. Public health and international trade representatives from over 45 Permanent Missions in Geneva participated, as well as interested representatives from capitals. The workshop emphasized the importance of sharing of knowledge, information and national practices on trade and investment issues relevant to implementation of the WHO FCTC.

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