GAPA Virtual Event 12-14 October 2021

Global Alcohol Policy Alliance Virtual Event announcement

The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance Virtual Event 2021 will be held 12-14 October 2021, in the same week that was originally planned for GAPC 2021. While GAPC has been postponed to 2023 the GAPA Virtual Event will offer interactive sessions in different time zones. Each day there will be a session with key-note speakers which will be followed by a regional session with comments from a panel of regional representatives and discussion among participants.

See the program outline and daily time schedules below. The detailed program of the GAPA Virtual Event and information about registration will be forthcoming soon. The event is open for all who do not have a conflict of interest from involvement with the alcohol or tobacco industry.

Says Sally Casswell, Chair of GAPA: “We look forward to co-hosting a successful Global Alcohol Policy Conference in Cape Town in 2023. Meanwhile we anticipate an interesting programme in the GAPA Virtual Event in October this year and the opportunity for regional networking to take place.”

See the frame program below and more information at the GAPA VE website

Tuesday 12 october (three hours)

Keynote session – three iterationsWelcome – GAPA board members

Session 1: Protection of alcohol policy from industry interests

Alcohol industry Public Relations (CSR) and its implication for ‘engagement’ – Ms Gianna Gayle Amul

Alcohol at WHO and other UN agencies – terms of engagement with industry – case of the WHO Foundation – Dr Nason Hessari Maani

The role of the alcohol industry in global alcohol policy – tbc
Regional panels and
discussion (immediately
following each iteration
of the keynote session)
1A: Asia and Western
Pacific region
Chair: Ms Gianna Gayle Amul
1B: Europe, Africa and
Middle East
Chair: Professor Isidore Obot
1C. The Americas

Chair: Professor Thomas Babor

Wednesday 13 October (three hours):

Keynote session – three iterationsSession 2: The three best buys

Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity: update on effective interventions – preview of 3rd revised edition

Overview – Professor Thomas Babor
Pricing policies
– Professor Bundit Sornpaisarn
Availability
– Professor Michael Livingston
Marketing
– Professor Sally Casswell
Regional panels and
discussion (immediately
following each iteration
of the keynote session)
2A: Asia and Western
Pacific region
Chair: Dr Lathika Athauda
2B: Europe, Africa and Middle East
Chair: Professor Charles Parry
2C. The Americas

Chair: Professor David Jernigan

Thursday 14 October (Three hours):

Keynote session – three iterationsSession 3: The way forward

Response to cross border alcohol marketing, Professor Sally Casswell, Chair of GAPA, Massey University, New Zealand

Learning from Baby milk: the importance of independent monitoring and reporting, Patti Rundall, Policy Director, Baby Milk Action and Global Advocacy Spokesperson, IBFAN

The way forward – Building broader coalitions and keeping options open, Dr Thaksaphon Thamarangsi (Mek)

Closing and welcome to GAPC 2023 in Cape Town, GAPC 2023 team
Regional panels and
discussion (immediately
following each iteration
of the keynote session)
3A: Asia and Western
Pacific region
Chair: Mr Pubudu Sumanasekara
3B: Europe, Africa
and Middle East
Chair: Dr Perihan Torun
3C. The Americas

Chair: Ms Paula Johns

Daily time schedules:

GAPA VE working sessionUTC (see link for details)Example cities
Session A:
South East Asia/Western
Pacific region
03:00-06:00New Delhi 08:30-11:30
Bangkok/Hanoi/Jakarta 10:00-13:00
Singapore/HK/Manila 11:00-14:00
Melbourne 14:00-17:00
Auckland 16:00-19:00
Session B:
Europe, Eastern Mediterranean
and African region
09:00-12:00Accra 09:00-12:00
Brazzaville 10:00-13:00
London 10:00-13:00
Cape Town 11:00-14:00
Geneva 11:00-14:00
Moscow 12:00-15:00
Dubai 13:00-16:00
Islamabad 14:00-17:00
Session C:
The Americas and Eastern
Pacific region
19:00-22:00Honolulu 09:00-12:00
San Francisco 12:00-15:00
New York 15:00-18:00
Sao Paulo 16:00-19:00
Auckland 08:00-11:00*
(*= following day)