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The 7th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 7)  is set to take place in India, Delhi,  from 7-12 November 2016.  The COP  is the most important global anti-tobacco conference, and holds regular sessions at two-year intervals under the auspices of  the WHO.   The main focus for this year’s session is the review of the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.  http://www.who.int/fctc/cop/cop7/Documentation-Main-documents/en/

The Implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC will also be discussed.  Parties are also expected to further development the partial guidelines for implementation of Articles 9 and 10 of the WHO FCTC, focusing on “Regulation of the contents of tobacco products” and “Regulation of tobacco product disclosures.  Other areas of focus  for the parties include; control and prevention of global emerging products like water pipe tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems and electronic non-nicotine delivery systems, Economically sustainable alternatives to tobacco growing (in relation to Articles 17 and 18 of the WHO FCTC),  Implementation of Article 19 of the WHO FCTC,  Addressing gender-specific risks when developing tobacco control strategies; Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship: depiction of tobacco in entertainment media. 

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the governing body of the WHO FCTC and is comprised of all Parties to the Convention. It keeps under regular review the implementation of the Convention and takes the decisions necessary to promote its effective implementation, and may also adopt protocols, annexes and amendments to the Convention. 

The COP may establish such subsidiary bodies as are necessary to achieve the objective of the Convention. One example is the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. The COP has also established several working groups with the mandate to elaborate guidelines and recommendations for the implementation of different treaty provisions.


Niamey, August 10, 2016

The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa ( CTCA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, Niger have held an orientation workshop for government technocrats executing health policies to educate them on their role in implementing  Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC.  The workshop held at Hotel Sahel, in Niamey, also aims at empowering the custodians of public health policies with knowledge and skills of monitoring tobacco industry tactics aimed at interfering with public health policies; as well as insulating the technocrats against such infiltration. 

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Researchers in tobacco control have been advised to always add an economic angle to their findings so as to make the research outcomes more appealing to policy makers.  This was one of the key observations during the annual dissemination workshop for research findings by the Second Cohort of tobacco control Grant beneficiaries from the CTCA-IDRC Masters Scholarship program.  The Dissemination held at the Kabira Country Club Hotel in Kampala from July 12-13, is attended by both students of the 2nd and third cohort, mentors, coordinators and supervisors of the students. 

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Nairobi: July 7, 2016- 

The Government of Kenya has expressed commitment to work with CTCA to facilitate tobacco farmers to transit from tobacco growing to other economically viable alternatives.  This revelation was made during a fact finding mission  jointly carried out by the CTCA and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Kenya  on the implementation of Article 17 and 18 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).  A series of consultative meetings are currently under way with the various key government stakeholders to establish the status of implementation for article 17 and 18, as well as the most appropriate strategies for implementing the same. 

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