Tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the WHO FCTC

The SEATCA delegation at COP10.

COP10 Decisions and Panama Declaration

Tobacco marketing (Article 13)

Parties adopted specific guidelines to help implement a ban on cross-border tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, including the depiction of tobacco in entertainment media.

Full COP10 decision here

Liability (Article 19)

Parties reiterated the need to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the economic, social, and environmental harms that it has caused and re-established an expert group to help inform Parties on how to use civil and criminal laws to make the tobacco industry legally liable.

Full COP10 decision here

Tobacco Endgame (Article 2.1)

Parties agreed to the establishment of an Expert Group to explore forward-looking tobacco control measures that go beyond minimum FCTC measures and to report its findings at COP11.

Full COP10 decision here

Novel and emerging tobacco products

The COP noted two reports that are useful to advocate for stronger regulatory policies to effectively protect the youth from emerging tobacco products.

1. The report by the Convention Secretariat clarified that, even in the absence of combustion, smoke is produced by heating tobacco products, through pyrolysis and pyrosynthesis.

2. The report by WHO on research and evidence on new and emerging tobacco products

Environment (Article 18)

Parties recognized the extensive harm caused by tobacco to the environment, including  affirmed the need to protect the environment from damages caused by the tobacco industry.

Full COP10 decision here

Human Rights

Parties recognized the obligation of States to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health when implementing the WHO FCTC and encouraged Parties to consider including WHO FCTC principles and implementation efforts when engaging with the United Nations human rights mechanisms.

Full COP10 decision here

Sustainable Development

The COP decided to extend the Global Strategy until 2030 to ensure coherence and alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Full COP10 decision here

Panama Declaration

Parties highlighted the above Decisions and reiterated the determination of Parties to prioritize their right to protect public health.

Closing address to COP10

A more detailed summary of COP10 decisions is available here.  All COP10 decisions can be found on the FCTC website.

Parties listened to and engaged with a strong youth delegation at COP10. The young advocates called upon Parties to protect them from the tobacco industry and to collaborate with them to create a tobacco-free future. 

Global Youth Voices pre COP10 statement

Global Youth Voices Statement at COP10 Plenary

SEATCA articles in the Global Alliance for Tobacco Control Bulletin:

Global Tobacco Index Finds Governments are Still Pandering to the Tobacco Industry

Exposing the Tobacco Industry’s Tactic: The Alarming Rise of Electronic Smoking Devices

COP10 Reflections from a First-timer’s Perspective

SEATCA Press Releases and OpEds:

Philippines gets Dirty Ashtray award at UN health treaty conference for tobacco control

WHO FCTC COP10: ASEAN nations urged to step up tobacco control

E-Cigarette Marketing in the Philippines: Glaringly Youth-Oriented and Feeding the Tobacco Industry’s Bottom Line

Truth not tobacco industry misinformation about harm reduction: from Manila to Panama

SEATCA booth was a hit!

Guess which of these are ESDs. Visit our Electronic Smoking Device (ESD) Resource Hub to find out more

Implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC
SEATCA supported this lunch seminar organized by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3 (Thammasat University), Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, Corporate Accountability, and the governments of Ecuador, Panama, and Peru. The event shared lessons and insights in strengthening the implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and explored ways to address tobacco industry interference, promote more effective tobacco control policies, and build a healthier future for all, especially the younger generations. The session also launched the first ever Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index Integrity Award, a recognition that was bestowed upon Botswana and Brunei Darussalam. 
Innovative Financing Mechanisms to Strengthen WHO FCTC Implementation    
SEATCA led this event in coordination with the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) and the governments of Thailand and Panama. The session covered ways to forward to sustainably finance WHO FCTC implementation through surcharge taxes on tobacco products. Through innovative financing mechanisms, governments can enjoy a triple win: more tax revenues, less tobacco use, and additional funds for tobacco control. This session also officially launched the Health Promotion Fund Resource Hub E-Learning Platform

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