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Monday, 22 November 2010

ACP Group opposes to the approval of the draft guidelines on FCTC

ACP Group opposes to the approval of the draft guidelines on Framework Convention on Tobacco Convention.During the 92nd Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Council of Ministers held in Brussels from 8-10 November 2010, the ACP Group has re-affirmed its support for the finalisation of guidelines in respect of Articles 9 and 10 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Convention (FCTC), but only if it is done on the basis of evidence based on approaches rooted in sound science.The vast majority of the ACP States, 74 of the 79 of which are signatories to the FCTC, endorsed its broad objectives.In a resolution issued after the Council, the ACP Group recognised that the Canada Act, 2009, “Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act”, which serves as a model for the guidelines, is far more restrictive than necessary to achieve the declared objective and has been challenged at the WTO by several developing countries and that the draft guidelines on Article 9 and 10 incorporate issues identical to those which lie at core of the challenge.

Source: ACP Group

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