GAPA key points on WHO first draft of Global alcohol action plan

In response to the World Health Organisation web-based consultation on the first draft of the Global alcohol action plan 2022-2030, GAPA has developed the attached key points.

In February 2019, the WHO Executive Board in its decision EB146 (14) called for accelerated action to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. The Board requested the WHO Director-General “to develop an action plan (2022-2030) to effectively implement the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol as a public health priority, in consultation with Member States and relevant stakeholders.” The action plan will be on the agenda for the WHO Executive Board meeting in January 2022 and the World Health Assembly in May. The present consultation is part of this process.

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, has been opened until 3 September 2021.

GAPA is happy to see that there has been improvements in several aspects of the document since the Working Document, but we also see there are several challenges remaining. WHO is explicitly asking for brief submissions with main points, and GAPA has developed the attached statement that we will use for our submission.

We know that there is great interest in this process and that the industry voice again will come on strongly. In the Working Document consultation a total of 251 submissions was received, more than half of them from civil society organisations, about a quarter from industry organisations. The remaining were from governmental institutions, and from organisations with unknown affiliations. In comparison to the 2019 web-based consultation on ‘implementation of the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol and the way forward’, entities representing the alcohol industry had substantially increased their number of submissions (from 43 to 63). In addition, in the last category, organisations with unknown affiliations, many were think tanks belonging to the Atlas Network, which was funded by the tobacco industry and consistently opposed the alcohol policy “best buys”.  

See: GAPA’s key points:

See more information about GAPA’s engagement during WHO process to accelerate action to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2020 – 2022: