Interesting country statements made at #COP10

Countries gave statements during agenda item 5 at COP10. These were live streamed over days one and two. At the time of writing the videos were accessible via the COP10 homepage. We posted the full transcripts here: 1, 2, 3.

In this article we post the individual statements which we think are interesting, with a brief explanation of why we have included them. Are there any other statements you think we should include? Let us know.

Armenia – asks for harm reduction to be considered:
“we believe that alternative methods of reducing the negative health
impacts of smoking should be considered on the firm basis of scientific research and
conclusions in order to take informed decisions on how to minimize the harm of
smoking within that particular segment of our society.”

Link to statement, aquí

Canada – no mention is made of harm reduction, conflicts with the national policy?
Link to statement, aquí

El Salvador – asks for further studies and information to analyse the impact of novel products
Link to statement, aquí

Guatemala – raises a point of order over how consensus is reached at COP
Link to statement, aquí

Guyana – calls for a ‘serious and evidence-based discourse on harm reduction’
Link to statement, aquí

New Zealand – states that their national approach ‘involves a considered implementation of evidence-based harm reduction measures’
Link to statement, aquí

Filipinas ‘we emphasize the importance of a tailored multi-sectoral approach to FCTC implementation, acknowledging Article 1D of FCTC, varying national context and priorities, and domestic legislation.’
Link to statement, aquí

St Kitts and Nevis ‘‘the tobacco control community should not reject the idea of harm reduction per se but we should learn from the best practices of proven public health oriented measures while preventing the tobacco industry from hijacking that important term’, calls for a working group to be established
Link to statement, aquí

United Kingdom – no mention is made of harm reduction, conflicts with the national policy?
Link to statement, aquí