COP8 Policy Briefing: Participation of Public and Media at Sessions of the FCTC COP

Key Recommendations

  • FCA fully supports Article 5.3 and its guidelines, and believes the tobacco industry should be prevented from infiltrating COP sessions by means of public badges.
  • FCA recommends Parties apply a pre-screening process for members of the public to screen out tobacco industry representatives from bona fide members of the public in advance of COP sessions.
  • FCA recognizes the importance of media attendance at COP sessions and recommends Parties apply a pre-screening process for members of the media to ensure the tobacco industry cannot infiltrate FCTC meetings through the media.
  • In line with this, FCA also supports the Secretariat’s proposal to amend Rule 32 of the Rules of Procedure to allow accredited, properly vetted representatives of the media to attend ‘open’ COP discussions.
  • Finally, FCA supports the Secretariat’s proposed amendment to Rule 27(2) of the Rules of Procedure to make subsidiary body meetings ‘open’ by default, in line with established practice, unless Parties decide they should be ‘public’ or ‘restricted’.

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