Intergovernmental Negotiating Body
The 53rd World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA53.16, paving the way for the start of negotiations of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). Formal negotiations of the treaty commenced with the convening by the WHO Director-General of the first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body, which took place from 16 to 21 October 2000. The Intergovernmental Negotiating Body was opened to participation by all WHO Member States, regional economic integration organizations and observers (as specified in resolution WHA52.18). The World Health Assembly charged the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body with the responsibility for negotiating the text of the WHO FCTC and possible related protocols.