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Conference of the parties

 
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Fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC
The COP Fifth Session is planned for 12 to 17 November 2012 and guidelines on articles 6, 9, 10, 17 and 18 will be considered for adoption. Guidelines on article 6 relates to price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco. Partial guidelines to articles 9 and 10 relate to the contents and emissions of tobacco products were considered at the COP Fourth Session in November 2010. These guidelines were partially adopted and the working group was mandated to develop the guidelines further. The guidelines on articles 17 and 18 relates to economically sustainable alternatives to tobacco growing.
 
Outcome of the First session of the Conference of the Parties
The first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO FCTC was held in Geneva from 6 to 17 February 2006. During this session, the Rules of Procedure and Financial Rules for the Conference of the Parties were adopted by consensus.

A number of other substantive decisions were made by the Conference, such as to establish the reporting system under the Convention, to initiate the development of possible protocols on cross-border advertising, promotion and sponsorship and on illicit trade in tobacco products and to initiate the elaboration of guidelines on Articles 8 (protection from exposure to tobacco smoke) and 9 (regulation of the contents of tobacco products) of the Convention.

The Conference adopted the budget and workplan for the period 2006-2007, financed through voluntary assessed contributions from Parties. The Conference of the Parties also decided that a permanent secretariat, the Convention Secretariat, shall be established within WHO and located in Geneva.

Outcome of the Second session of the Conference of the Parties
At its second session, held from 30 June to 6 July 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand, the 146 Parties comprising the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC made important strides forward in the efforts to control tobacco use globally.

The second session of the Conference of the Parties adopted the guidelines on Article 8 on protection from exposure to tobacco smoke and decided to initiate or continue the work on 5 other guidelines on different articles of the Convention. The Conference also decided among others to establish an Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Outcome of the Third session of the Conference of the Parties
The third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP3) was held from 17-22 November 2008 in Durban, South Africa. More than 600 delegates from 130 Parties and Observers participated.
Convention instruments, implementation and reporting and institutional and budgetary matters were discussed and appropriate decisions taken. The COP in particular adopted guidelines for implementation of Articles 5.3, 11 and 13 of the WHO FCTC. The Conference also reviewed implementation progress globally and further promoted reporting arrangements under the Convention.

Outcome of the Fourth session of the Conference of the Parties
The fourth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) was held from 15 to 20 November 2010 at the conference centre of the Conrad hotel in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The session was attended by 137 Parties to the Convention. The participants also included 7 States non-Parties and 16 nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations accredited as observers to the COP.

The principal decisions adopted by COP comprised the following:

The COP adopted three new guidelines for implementation of the Convention

  • Guidelines for implementation of Article 12 (Education, communication, training and public awareness)
  • Guidelines for implementation of Article 14 (Demand reduction measures concerning tobacco dependence and cessation)
  • Partial guidelines for implementation of Articles 9 and 10 (Regulation of the contents of tobacco products and Regulation of tobacco product disclosures)

The COP also decided to establish a working group to elaborate guidelines on price and tax policies (Article 6).

The work on articles 17 and 18 on economically sustainable alternatives to tobacco growing will continue, in order to elaborate appropriate policy options and recommendations.

The COP also decided that negotiations on a protocol to combat illicit trade in tobacco products should continue in 2012 in a final session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body.

Finally the Conference established an expert group on cross-border advertising, promotion and sponsorship (Article 13) to keep the COP up to date and to monitor progress in this area of work.