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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.

 

A group of farmers from  the tobacco growing regions of Uganda have petitioned the Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament,   Hon. Rebecca Kadaga,  urging her to pass the Tobacco Control  Bill 2014. The farmers, led by Mr. Sengoma John from Kanungu District   noted that  the Bill enable government to be in charge of the whole system of tobacco production right from the farm level to the marketing level so as protect both us the farmers and the other members of the public from the negative effects of tobacco.  The farmers were represented by a team of nine from West Nile, Western Uganda and Bunyoro Regions.

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