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COP Live Days 2 & 3 update #1

At the time of writing the Journal for today had still not been published. It should appear here, eventually:
https://storage.googleapis.com/who-fctc-cop10/Journals/index.html. (Edit: here it is: https://storage.googleapis.com/who-fctc-cop10-source/Journals/fctc-cop10-journal-3-en.pdf)

Live streaming of the country statements
Yesterday was Day 2 of FCTC COP10 in Panama. Tobacco harm reduction advocates were pleased to see some transparency brought to the proceedings, with the continued live streaming of the country statements at item 5 (videos are on the COP10 website). As with Day 1, there was no indication given of when the live streaming would start, but we were nonetheless pleased when it finally started blaring out of our devices.  

Yesterday we published a transcript of Day 1’s live streamed session, you can find that here. We hope today to publish a transcript of Day 2. Highlights were St Kitts and Nevis, Armenia,  El Salvador, the Philippines. The United Kingdom’s statement was disappointing, and seemed to go against assurances that minister Andrea Leadsom had made to MPs,  just a few weeks ago. We’ll bring you more on those country statements another time. 

GATC updates (why not spend some Bloombucks on a better website?)
The official propaganda mouthpiece of COP, GATC, is finally chucking out some semi informative articles. It’s just a shame that their newly revamped website is impossible to navigate. Despite Parties having the decision making powers, the tone of the GATC updates is of irritation. GATC – an unaccountable and unelected NGO – sounds annoyed that Parties might not do as they wish them to do. Of course, GATC knows best! And, those pesky Parties will keep trying to mess with the agenda! 

DAY 1

Oh, the irony……

We only had a few agenda items to get through today, notably adopting the agenda, and even that proved to be extremely difficult. Day 1 of COP10 started off with Parties proposing to merge agenda items in an attempt to be more efficient. While in reality, the discussion had the opposite effect and consumed valuable time. We all witnessed the frustrating impact of time spent discussing issues with no productive outcomes. Today was very instructive on how the rest of the week should not be conducted.

From ‘DAY 1’ https://gatc-cop10-bulletin.my.canva.site/day2#orchid-and-dirty-ashtray

This smug ASH update is also blatant about the NGO’s mission to influence Parties: 

February 6, 2024 – A typical day at the Conference of the Parties begins very early and ends very late, and today was no different.

At 7:00 AM, ASH begins by meeting with our civil society allies to discuss strategy for the day. Starting at 9:00 AM, we attend meetings with country Parties. The official Committee meetings begin mid-morning and run late into the evening. ASH is here to listen, take notes, engage with Parties and civil society partners, and occasionally make interventions to advocate for our priorities.

Will Parties relinquish control to the Expert group (Articles 9 & 10)?

A ‘day 2’ update in the GATC COP bulletin is written by tobacco controllers Deborah Arnott and Rob Cunningham.. The point of the article is to ‘urge’ Parties to give away some of their powers.  

“One of the critical decisions Parties will make this week is whether to approve the creation of an Expert Group for Articles 9 and 10…”  

Here is what Clive Bates wrote about that proposal:

Commentary on the Annotated Agenda (V2.3) Clive Bates, Counterfactual, taken from page 5

And, this is taken from GSTHR’s Briefing Paper on the COP10 agenda:

Taken from: The FCTC COP10 Agenda and supporting documents: implications for the future of tobacco harm reduction

The propaganda machine chugs on

Having denied Observer status or even entry to the public gallery to thousands of members of the public and grass roots advocates, we see a continued attempt at COP to show that ‘civil society’ supports what the unaccountable NGOs want at COP10. 

The groups involved are listed at the bottom of this letter: 
https://ggtc.world/knowledge/sustainability-and-human-rights/global-youth-voices-statement-october-2023

As with the Participants list, Bloomberg funding is obvious – but we don’t have time to research whether that applies to absolutely all of them. What is clear though is that GATC has played a leading role in assembling them:

“Our organizations have been building their capacity with the help of Global Center for Good      Governance in Tobacco Control resources and support since 2020”
Taken from: https://gatc-cop10-bulletin.my.canva.site/day2#global-youth-voices-what-brought-us-to-cop10

We see that Global Youth Voices will be joining the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) for a side event on Thursday.  

Why do these people have more of a right to attend COP10 than those with lived experience of using nicotine? 

Awards 

It wouldn’t be COP without bribes awards! 

Global Tobacco Index Integrity award
GGTC (not GATC, but forgive yourself if you get them confused) has awarded this to Brunei:

As an advocate points out, this is despite smoking prevalence rates in Brunei having been stuck at 16% since 2000:

A reminder that FCTC’s COP is no longer about reducing smoking. 

Dirty Ashtray / Orchid awards

GATC has been busy dishing out their notorious awards:


https://gatc-cop10-bulletin.my.canva.site/day2


https://gatc-cop10-bulletin.my.canva.site/day3

It is outrageous that the GATC – an unaccountable NGO – can seek to influence proceedings in this way. We hope that other parties will not take note. 

Do read this excellent article from Philstar on the Orchids and Ashtrays: Absurdity at its worst

“It’s simple: if a COP party or member-country sticks to the agenda and closely aligns itself with the WHO FCTC’s proposed policies, they are given an Orchid Award. On the other hand, if a country ventures to speak about tobacco as a positive force economically or attempts to present proven science on less harmful alternatives to smoking, then they are given the odious-sounding Dirty Ashtray Award.”

Unofficial COP10 events 

The Segundo Foro Latinoamericano Nicotina y Reducción de Riesgo took place yesterday, watch that here: 
https://www.youtube.com/live/-K2RVE4yZMs?si=kdrNk98UIreRvYHS

Skip Murray’s Twitter thread for the Good COP fun later today:
https://twitter.com/imaracingmom/status/1755160790754070996

Day 2 of Good Cop from the TPA:
https://www.youtube.com/@ProtectingTaxpayers

Day 2 of Good Cop from Regulator Watch:
https://regulatorwatch.com/brent_stafford/day-2-good-cop-bad-cop-day-2-regwatch-live/