Successful GAPA Virtual Event held 12-14 October 2021

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The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance Virtual Event was held 12-14 October 2021. The event offered interactive sessions in different time zones. Over the three days the 700 registered participants joined nine session with all together ten key-note speakers, followed by comments from a panel of regional representatives and discussion among participants. 37 panellists kicked of interesting and engaging discussions among participants. A report will follow from the event. See more information about the event.

GAPA positions and recommendations for WHO consultation on alcohol action plan

Following a decision at the World Health Organisation 146th Executive Board WHO has started a two-year process to “accelerate action to reduce the harmful use of alcohol” . This includes a consultation towards an action plan 2022-2030 for the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. WHO released the first draft of the Global alcohol action plan in late July. It was based on the previous Working Document and comments received during the open consultation. An online consultation on the Global alcohol action plan, first draft, was opened until 3 September 2021. Subsequently, in October 2021 WHO released the second draft of the alcohol action plan.

GAPA and its global network is participating actively in the two-year process .

Read more about the process and see GAPA’s key points for the drafts of the Global alcohol action plan here.

GAPA appeal to President of South Africa

On 20 August 2021 GAPA sent a letter to President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, raising concern over the issuing of liquor licences to petrol stations. Says the letter: “With the serious challenges related both to alcohol problems and road traffic deaths and injuries, allowing petrol stations to become additional alcohol outlets is the wrong signal to send.”

Read more about and see the letter here.

GAPC 2021 postponed until 2023

25 March 2021

Based on the present uncertainty about the development of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, we are postponing the Global Alcohol Policy Conference and this will now be held in Cape Town to 2023 as an in-person event.

See the full statement here

New report on alcohol industry activities in Latin America and the Caribbean

GAPA, NCD Alliance, Healthy Latin America Coalition and Healthy Caribbean Coalition have launched a new report based on a systematic review of alcohol industry activities since 2015 in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The report was researched and written by Katherine Robaina, Tom Babor, Ilana Pinsky and Paula Johns and is available in English and Spanish. Read more about and download the report here.

Alcohol and COVID-19: what you need to know

Successful GAPC 2020 held in Dublin, Ireland

The 6th Global Alcohol Policy Conference was held in Dublin Ireland in early March, marking the 20th anniversary since the first GAPC. The event was held a week before most of Europe imposed severe restrictions due to the Covid-19 situation. Of the 412 registrations from 50 countries; 340 attended from 47 countries.

Read more about GAPC 2020 here

Alcohol: a global concern