Note for the Press No 8
PUBLIC HEARINGS ON
The World Health Organization (WHO) is organizing two days of public hearings on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on 12 and 13 October in Geneva, Switzerland. The hearings come just two days before the start of formal negotiations on the FCTC, the parameters of which were set forth in Resolutions WHA52.18 and WHA53.16 which were adopted by consensus by the World Health Assembly in 1999 and 2000 respectively.
Registration is now open to attend these hearings, either as a journalist or as a participant.
WHERE: The two-day hearings, which will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., will be held at Geneva's International Conference Centre (CICG).
WHEN: 12-13 October 2000
HOW TO REGISTER AS A JOURNALIST: Send proof of journalistís credentials to:
Office of the Spokesperson (SPO)
HOW TO PARTICIPATE AS AN INTERESTED PARTY:
WHO will receive comments on the FCTC from all interested institutions in any of the six official United Nations languages, i.e., Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The deadline for receiving submissions is the close of business (Geneva time) on 31 August 2000. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to TFI, WHO, 20 Avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.
Submissions must not exceed 5 pages (standard size paper and type), including attachments. Private sector and non-governmental organizations and institutions may submit these. Organizations and institutions will be limited to one submission. Each submission must clearly identify:
WHO must receive all submissions by the deadline, which will not be extended under any circumstances.
Testifying at the Hearings
A panel comprising three members of TFIís Policy and Strategy Advisory Committee (PSAC) will moderate the proceedings. PSAC was established by the Director-General of WHO to provide advice; its members are international tobacco control experts. Opportunities to speak are limited to institutions or organizations that have made written submissions. Each speaker may speak for up to a maximum of five minutes.
For planning and organization purposes, please state clearly, at the time of the original submission, if you wish to testify in person in the hearings in Geneva. Speakers should hand a hard copy of their statement to the Secretariat of the Hearings before they speak to facilitate interpretation into other languages and for future reference.
For those not able to attend in person, testimony may be videotaped and, time permitting, these videos will be shown during the Hearings. If possible, videos should, be submitted in PAL format and a transcript should be provided.
Subsequent Submissions by All Previous Submitters
All submitters (i.e. all those organizations and institutions that have made submissions by the close of business [Geneva time] 31 August 2000) may file submissions in reply to presentations after the hearings. The submissions must reach WHO by the close of business (Geneva time) 27 October 2000, and must not exceed 3 pages.
For further information from WHO, journalists can contact Mr Gregory Hartl WHO Spokesperson, WHO, Geneva, tel (+41 22) 791 4458 fax (+41 22) 791 4858. E-mail: email@example.com.