November 10, 2016 | New Delhi-At today's seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), delegates are preparing a resolution that can help shape the future globalization of tobacco control .
Parties are considering resolutions on 37 Agenda documents. Much of the work is now in the committee's deliberations, and once a draft resolution is agreed, it will be transferred to this Saturday's plenary for final approval.
Hookah on the agenda
Parties have been discussing the content of the resolution, which takes full account of all aspects of waterpipe use in the provisions of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, including tobacco use of hookah pipes and accessories.
Details are expected to be finalized tomorrow. Delegates are considering how to monitor hookah tobacco and all related policies.
Views of the head of the Convention Secretariat
During the Committee meeting and the rest of the draft group, Dr. Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, head of the Convention Secretariat, said,
'Parties are participating in the largest number of agenda items compared to previous COPs. We are now extending the evening to meet a large number of decisions that must be made, but I am impressed by the high standards in the drafting process Commitment and wisdom. On Saturday, the parties representing the convention will make great progress. '
Electronic nicotine delivery system and electronic non-nicotine delivery system
Policy options related to electronic nicotine delivery systems and electronic non-nicotine delivery systems are under discussion at the Committee stage. Taking into account the different approaches adopted by the parties, a resolution is expected tomorrow. By convention, the decisions of the COP are based on consensus and are expected to apply in this case.
Entertainment media's description of tobacco
Draft recommendations have been submitted to Parties for the purpose of banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS). It addresses the increasing difficulties faced by Parties in controlling transnational advertising in entertainment media. It provides for the monitoring and recording of various forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and transnational advertising in entertainment media. It will give priority to national cross-national advertising bans and development of state-of-the-art reports on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship in entertainment media and transnational advertising twice a year. It will also review trends, practices and relevant parties.
Undertake new tobacco control research
From other sources at a conference hosted in India, a report has revealed how 105 countries have adopted pictorial warnings.
The Canadian Cancer Society launched its fifth international status report on tobacco packaging health warnings during today's unilateral meeting of the Seventh Meeting of the Parties. Host country India ranks third among 205 countries. The graphics of the front and back of Indian Tobacco must be at least 85%. However, Nepal, the top neighbour of India, needs 90% warnings on the back and front of all cigarette packages, and standard warnings are also required.
Rob Cunningham from the Canadian Cancer Society said: 'The progress made is encouraging the world. The pictorial warnings are working. We know this because the tobacco industry is against them.'
The conference held at the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties informed other parties of developments, including the development of a third edition of the ASEAN Tobacco Control Atlas. A report developed by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance tracks the implementation of tobacco control measures in 10 countries in the region. German unequal tobacco NGOs expressed support for the convention in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Parties have organized a series of important events to highlight different aspects of the Convention and their domestic and global implementation. For example, Brazil hosted a conference on healthier and more environmentally friendly alternatives to tobacco growing.
The seventh session of the Conference of the Parties is expected to close on Saturday, November 12th, at which time there will be announcements from all Parties on the implementation of all the resolutions reached by the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Following the closing session of the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties, accredited journalists are invited to participate in a closing press conference at the World Expo Centre in Greater Noida, India.