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The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) has won an award to pilot an innovative farming project to help farmers transit from tobacco to other alternative enterprises. The Project code named ‘Better Farming, Better Me, is worthy over 43,000$ and will be piloted in Hoima District, one of Uganda’s tobacco growing districts.  The award is one of the seven grants given by the Resilient Africa Network (RAN) under the Resilience Innovation Challenge  for Adverse Climate effects funded by USAID.

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The Makerere University Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa is pleased to announce winning the bid to host the next World Conference on Tobacco or Health 2018 in partnership with the Governments of Uganda and South Africa, Public Health Association of South Africa and University of Cape Town.

The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa  ( CTCA) has effectively started its phase II operations,  bringing on board  a set of five new target countries. The target countries during this phase include, Botswana, Ethiopia, Gambia, Garbon, and Niger.   CTCA will continue to provide minimal support to the original five target countries covered during phase I which included Angola, Kenya, Mauritania, South Africa and Uganda.

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The sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC (COP6) will be held from October 13 to 18, 2014 in Moscow, Russian Federation.  This is in accordance with decision of the WHO FCTC/COP5(24).  

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. Observers may also participate in the work of the COP. The work of the COP is governed by its Rules of Procedure. Starting from COP3, the regular sessions of COP are held at two-year intervals. 

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 also established several working groups with the mandate to elaborate guidelines and recommendations for the implementation of different treaty provisions.

COP 6 will bring together around 1,500 representatives from 195 countries.