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The Who Framework Convention On Tobacco Control And Trade-Related Protocols

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On May 24, 1999, the World Health Assembly (WHA), the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO), unanimously backed a resolution calling for work to begin on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The primary purpose of a framework convention is to establish a general system of governance for an issue area, in order to facilitate the development of consensus about the relevant facts and the appropriate international response. The Working Group on the FCTC has identified nine potential subjects for protocols. Such protocols may be developed either in conjunction with the FCTC or as separate treaties at a later date. Trade restrictions, developed as protocols to the FCTC, need to be examined within the context of the obligations that states have entered into under the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Keywords: Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC); World Health Assembly (WHA); World Health Organization (WHO); World Trade Organization (WTO)



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