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COP4 Policy briefing: Standardisation and harmonisation of data and data collection initiatives

Recommendation

The fourth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control should decide:

  • to establish an expert group, comprising nominees of the Parties with specific expertise, staff of the Convention Secretariat, representatives of WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative, and representatives of relevant intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations with specific expertise, to:
  • that all Parties, except those required to submit reports in 2012, shall submit reports using the single agreed data collection instrument to the Convention Secretariat no later than 10 months in advance of the sixth regular session of the Conference of the Parties;
  • that all Parties shall report using the single agreed data collection instrument no later than 10 months in advance of each subsequent regular session of the Conference of the Parties;
  • to reaffirm the need for assistance to Parties in fulfilling their reporting obligations, and to request the Convention Secretariat, with the assistance of competent authorities within WHO, in particular the Tobacco Free Initiative, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of such assistance, and
  • to request the Convention Secretariat, with the assistance of competent authorities within WHO, in particular the Tobacco Free Initiative, to further develop the database of Parties' reports so that periodic reporting may achieve its objective of enabling Parties to understand and learn from each others' experience in implementing the Convention.

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