Agenda Item 3 Update on regional and global developments related to implementation of the WHO FCTC 6. Under this agenda item, the participant shared information on key developments related to the implementation of the Convention in their respective regions.
11. Recognizing the threat posed smokeless tobacco (SLT) products and nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including electronic cigarettes, Parties in the Region were expecting that due consideration would be given by COP6 to discussing and providing guidance on regulatory measures. Proliferation in the use of water pipes (hookah) was another concern raised by Parties in the Region that would also require regulatory measures.
19. The Government of New Zealand had agreed to the goal of making New Zealand a smoke-free nation by 2025.
23. The Head of the Secretariat felt that more importance should be given to the threat posed by electronic cigarettes and other smokeless products, which in his view could result in a new wave of the tobacco epidemic. This item should in his view be given a special attention at COP6.
Agenda Item 5. Intersessional groups established by the COP: update on progress
34. In relation in particular to the work on Articles 17 and 18, the Bureau also addressed the issue of the International Tobacco Growers' Association (ITGA), and the numerous claims made by ITGA that it should be involved in the work of the group and in policy development. The secretariat had prepared a note summarizing its communication with the ITGA, which was distributed to the Bureau. ITGA was insisting on holding a meeting with the Head of the Secretariat, which the latter felt would be inappropriate in the absence of a mandate from the COP to engage in discussions with this type of association, whose objectives were in clear conflict with those of the Convention.
35. The Secretariat also recalled that ITGA had applied for observer status to the COP in 2010, which had been rejected by the COP.
36. The Bureau was concerned that ITGA would attempt again to organize demonstrations of tobacco farmers at COP6 and felt that the COP may need to consider this issue in order to clarify whether any engagement could be envisaged in particular to convey messages to clarify the objectives of the Convention on this matter and to counteract the inaccurate messages of the industry affirming that the interests of tobacco growers were being ignored by the COP.
Agenda Item 6. Sixth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC (COP6)
37. The agreement to host COP6 and MOP1 had been signed by the Government of the Russian Federation and the Convention Sectrtariat on 22 October 2013 in Moscow. COP6 will be held from 13 to 18 October 2014 followed by the first meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOP1) from 20 to 22 October 2014, subject to timely entry into force of the Protocol.
39. It was agreed that invitations to Parties and accredited observers would be sent in early May 2014 and that the official documents for the session would be made available in mid-August 2014.
41. A number of suggestions were made concerning the provisional agenda, in particular: the need to highlight the 10th anniversary of the Convention under the agenda item on global progress in implementation of the Convention, and to move the agenda item on global progress in implementation of the Convention, and to move the agenda item on control and prevention of smokeless tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes, higher up the agenda in order to ensure sufficient time for its consideration.
42. The Bureau recommended that a discussion on the legal challenges faced by the Parties with the tobacco industry be included. In this regard, it was recommended to incorporate those aspects under the agenda item on trade and investment-related tobacco control issues.
44. Regarding agenda item 7 on the date and place of COP7, the Bureau discussed the possibility of extending the duration of future regular sessions of the COP, considering the number of agenda items to be dealt with, which resulted in insufficient time being allocated to a number of important items.
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