COP Live Days 3 & 4 update #2
So, today’s Journal eventually got published, shortly before the sessions started for the day.
The Journal includes an overview of what business the COP will address for the day, and a report on the previous day. From the report section, we see that Committee A’s deliberations over agenda item 6.1, concerning Articles 9 & 10, are still not resolved:
Also, that two agenda items have now been transferred from Committee A to Committee B – an indication that the discussions over item 6.1 are taking much longer than anticipated.
We have also noticed that the Decisions section on the COP10 website has no documents from this week- is this because no decisions have been made, or because decisions haven’t yet been published?
Interesting country statements
We have recently published this article with a selection of individual country statements:
Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, New Zealand, Philippines, St Kitts and Nevis and the United Kingdom are all featured in there, and we have linked to a separate image file for each statement.
NGOs behaving badly
We are so bored of writing about them but they will keep on doing awful stuff.
GATC tweeted its Golden Orchid and Dirty Ashtray awards just before the sessions started – clearly intended to intimidate the Parties as they got down to COP business:
Outrage over the merch we reported on at nuestra última actualización is growing, with Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos furiously quote tweeting the Spanish minister:
Media coverage on COP10
Media interest in COP is picking up a bit.
This article from ULYS media in Kazakhstan describes an incident during one of the live streamed sessions:
“Jamilya Sadykova, a well-known anti-tobacco activist in Kazakhstan, appeared on the monitor and took a place in the delegation hall with representatives of our country. In this peculiar queue to the podium of the conference, she, violating etiquette, tried to attract attention to herself and tried to communicate with the head of the Kazakh delegation from the Ministry of Health.
– This is not the first time. There have already been similar incidents at other COPs when Jamilya took it upon herself to make statements on behalf of the Republic of Kazakhstan, explain members of the delegation.
They are trying to understand what goals Sadykova is pursuing and assume that these are her personal interests associated with private organizations and the American billionaire Michael Bloomberg.”
Delegates behaving badly at COP, who knew?!
Do read the full article, it also reports on demonstrations by farmers outside the Convention Centre.
Vaping360 has published this excellent analysis of COP10, highly recommended reading:
Panama authorities T-shirt crackdown
There was a commotion on Tuesday as Panamanian authorities flexed their muscles. Panama Radio informó that “the Public Health team of the Metropolitan Health Region carried out an operation in four hotels in the town after a complaint about the distribution of pamphlets and t-shirts focused on the consumption of tobacco and its derivatives.” This was apparently unacceptable “because it affects the public health of the population.”
Copwatch has discovered the nature of these lethal materials. They are t-shirts worn by vaping consumer advocates and flyers produced by consumer associations to be handed out to delegates at COP explaining salient points of harm reduction and politely asking them to consider consumer concerns. The Panamanian public are no doubt reassured that the full force of the state has been employed to stamp out such dangerous threats to the safety of the country’s citizens.
Copwatch understands that the Good COP event at the Central Panama Hotel in Casco Viejo was visited by representatives of the Bloomberg-funded Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids yesterday. They were greeted by Taxpayers Protection Alliance staff and invited to register for the event. Sadly, they left soon after but we hear their names are recorded at the TPA reception desk and their lanyards are available to pick up at their convenience.
CTFK pays #GoodCOP a visit
For more on the public health operation see:
COP 10 in Panama: Police operations against harm reduction advocates/COP 10 au Panama : Opérations de police contre des défenseurs de la réduction des risques (Vapolitique)
We’ll bring you more from #COP10 tomorrow!
COP Live Days 3 & 4 update #1
What’s going on in Committee A?
The agenda items included in yesterday’s Journal included several for Committee A, under ‘Item 6 Treaty and technical matters’. This included item 6.1 Implementation of Articles 9 and 10 of the WHO FCTC.
We wrote about this agenda item in our update yesterday, asking: Will Parties relinquish control to the Expert group (Articles 9 & 10)? From the GATC bulletin Day 4 we learn that there has been a struggle in Committee A. GATC is very annoyed 😂
“We appeared to be in some sort of dystopian COP yesterday in Committee A – was anyone else in the same alternate universe we were in? A world where COP Rules of Procedure can be blatantly ignored, the scope of FCTC Articles magically expanded, advice from WHO legal rejected and the entire history of how the COP operates forgotten or thrown out the window?”
The discussions over Articles 9 & 10 did not go according to the Canadian NGO’s plan:
“We would like to take this opportunity to remind Parties of the necessity of adopting the proposed draft decision in relation to Articles 9 and 10"
The discussion has taken up a day and a half!
That draft decision includes Parties surrendering control to an Expert group, on a very weak mandate. In reference to this Clive Bates wrote:
“Parties should not allow themselves to be excluded by experts chosen by WHO’s bureaucrats”
Commentary on the Annotated Agenda (V2.3) Clive Bates,Counterfactual, taken from page 5
Copwatch is delighted to hear that Committee A is discussing this thoroughly. It is a relief to hear that some Parties in Committee A are conscientiously considering decisions which affect millions of lives – and not being railroaded by the Secretariat, the Bureau and unelected NGOs.
Of huge interest to COPWATCH’s consumer advocate audience has been the statements given by the countries, during agenda item 5. These have been live streamed over days one and two.
All three videos can still be viewed on the COP10 home page, look for these tiles:
We now have the transcripts for both streamed sessions from COP10 Day 2, and the streamed session from COP10 Day 1. Here are the links to those transcripts: Item 3 & 4 – Item 5 (Part 1), Item 5 (Part 2), Item 5 (Part 3)
Later we will bring you excerpts from the transcripts, highlighting those statements which mention harm reduction.
If anyone is producing video clips of the individual country statements please let us know – we would love to include those in upcoming Copwatch updates
There is no link between vaping and cancer
Vejpkollen tweeted this image, noting that it was first tweeted by a Spanish health minister 😭 We assume that it is merch being handed out by an official COP10 NGO. This is horrifying! There is no link between vaping and cancer. The only study which purported to find one had to be retracted. Health NGOs should not be misinforming about cancer risks.
Official COP10 side events
Organised by the Bloomberg funded NGOs and designed to pressurise the Parties, it is good to see that these official side events are getting a healthy reaction on social media.
Unofficial COP events
1 Good COP is on again today. The event so far has been superb. Check out the agenda here:
2 An excellent article has been published about the Segundo Foro Latinoamericano Nicotina y Reducción de Riesgo event, which took place on Tuesday:
Regulación diferenciada en productos con nicotina enciende debate en Costa Rica y la región (Differentiated regulation of nicotine products sparks debate in Costa Rica and the region)