GAPA key points on the drafts of the WHO Global alcohol action plan

In October the World Health Organisation released the second draft of the alcohol action plan. Building on comments to previous drafts GAPA has issued the updated Key points on the second draft.

Previously, In response to the WHO web-based consultation on the first draft of the Global alcohol action plan 2022-2030, GAPA developed some 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 2021. 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.

In it’s submission GAPA expressed that there had been improvements in several aspects of the document since the Working Document, but we also pointed out that there were several challenges remaining. In repsonse to WHO’s explicit request for brief submissions with main points, GAPA developed the attached statement.

The second draft of the WHO alcohol action plan was released in early October for consultation with Member States only. The updated Key points document reflects GAPA’s position on the second draft.

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: