Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

The first session of the Conference of the Parties to the
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Unveiling of the Death Clock by LEE Jong-wook, WHO Director-General

Overview

Date: 6-17 February 2006
Location: Geneva, Switzerland.

The first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will take place from 6-17 February 2006 in Geneva. Since its entry into force on 27 February 2005, the Convention has attracted a high number of Parties and has become one of the most widely embraced treaties in the history of the United Nations. All Contracting States for whom the Convention will have entered into force by the period of the session will participate in the COP with voting rights. A regional economic integration will also participate as a Party. Other States, including signatories to the treaty, will participate as observers. Non-governmental organizations in official relations with WHO and International intergovernmental organizations will also participate as observers to the first session.

The Conference of the Parties will consider and discuss the recommendations of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In this regard, during the first session of the COP, Parties will take decisions in technical, procedural and financial matters relating to the implementation of the Treaty such as the establishment of the permanent secretariat, funding and financial support and monitoring and reporting on implementation progress, and the possible elaboration of protocols, among others.

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