People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has become one of the fastest endorsed UN treaties, but its implementation remains uneven among the 176 Parties. Additional treaty mechanisms are needed to analyse progress, and address shortfalls in implementation.
A subsidiary body on FCTC implementation – an inter-sessional forum led by FCTC Parties – would provide all Parties with an opportunity to accelerate
implementation of the Convention.
The value of similar mechanisms to many other treaties is proven. A process for establishing a subsidiary body to oversee and accelerate implementation of the FCTC should be initiated at COP5.
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