The seventh session of the Conference of Parties (COP7) to World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will be held from November 7 to 12 in Greater Noida.
Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda will inaugurate the conference. Briefing reporters in New Delhi yesterday, Health Secretary C. K. Mishra said that India is fully engaged with the FCTC for global cooperation in tobacco control.
More than 1500 delegates from 180 countries along with other Observers in Official Relations with the WHO FCTC Secretariat, Geneva are expected to participate in the conference.
The WHO FCTC is the first global evidence-based public health treaty that recognises the right of all people to the highest standard of health. India has been the forerunner in ratification of this public health treaty and was the seventh Country to ratify the Convention in 2004.
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the governing body of the WHO FCTC and is comprised of all Parties to the Convention.