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. For this process GAPA and Vital Strategies have issued a joint statement underlining three key points to strengthen the draft Plan. GAPA has also issued some key advocacy points for the consultation.

GAPA and its global network will participate actively in the two-year process and beyond based on some key principles.

Read more about the process and see GAPA’s advocacy points here.

GAPC 2021 Announcement

Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2021 to be held in Cape Town – on site and online

The 7th Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) 2021 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 11-14 October 2021. Keep the dates! Considering the uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 situation at that time, GAPC 2021 will be a hybrid conference with both on site and online participation. Themed “INVESTING IN PEOPLE BEFORE PROFITS; Building momentum towards the Framework Convention on Alcohol Control” GAPC 2021 will build on the interesting national alcohol policy scene in South Africa and draw the best from the global context to create a truly international conference.

Register here to receive updates about about GAPC 2021.

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