The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

INB5: Institutional Arrangements and Financial Resources (Part VII)

An important unresolved question for this INB is the exact relationship between the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Protocol's Meeting of the Parties (MOP).

The only issue on which there appears to be a definitive consensus is that the FCTC Secretariat will also act as Protocol Secretariat.

Key recommendations

1. The Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) should have separate budgets, with ITP-related meetings and activities funded by Parties to the Protocol, rather than by all Parties to the FCTC;

2. Regular sessions of the MOP should not overlap with those of the COP; the MOP should be free to hold regular sessions at some time other than during sessions of the COP (Article 35.2).

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