FCA Policy Briefing for COP6: The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
Parties are urged to have a frank discussion of the reasons for the relatively low number of signatories to the ITP, as well as the slow pace of ITP ratifications/accessions to date. Possible reasons could include, amongst others:
- The multi-sectoral nature of the Protocol, leading to slow ratification processes;
- Lack of financial resources for promotion of the Protocol;
- Failure to clarify sources and types of technical assistance for ITP implementation;
- Lack of clarity on technical aspects of the Protocol;
- Concerns about the financial implications of the Protocol.
Taking into account the results of the discussion, Parties should give the Secretariat a clear mandate:
- To organise awareness-raising activities;
- To commission further research on technical aspects of the Protocol;
- To strengthen co-operative arrangements with relevant international organisations;
- To raise funds for more concerted preparation of ITP entry into force and implementation;
- To counter tobacco industry claims on how to implement the Protocol, and in particular its promotion of the Codentify system.