- 24 October – GAPA issues a Position Paper on: WHO Director General’s report on the implementation of WHO’s global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol during the first decade since its endorsement, and the way forward
WHO issued a discussion paper 24 October and opened a web-based consultation until 4 November. This is part of a process to fulfil the request from the World Health Assembly 2019 to report on the implementation of WHO’s global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol during the first decade since its endorsement, and the way forward.
- March – Sally Casswell, Chair of the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPA), Simon Harris TD, Irish Minister of Health and Catherine Byrne TD, Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, has announced that GAPC 2020 will be held in Dublin, Ireland. See the announcement of GAPC 2020 here
- 31 January – 3 February, several GAPA representatives participated in the recent Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) in Bangkok. See here for more information.
- 29-30 January, GAPA co-hosted two side meetings in the days prior to the PMAC conference. More information.
- 2 October – GAPA Chair Professor Sally Casswell debated with Scott Ratzan of the AB InBev Foundation about the opportunities and challenges of private-sector collaborations with academic public health in an event organised by the Boston University School of Public Health.
Read The Great Debate, a report from the event by Thomas Babor and Katherine Robaina
See the Alcohol case study debate.
See more information about the event.
- 28 September, GAPA involved in the side event “Alcohol, NCDs and Sustainable Development – Where do we stand and where do we go?” held in the United Nations Headquarters in New York in connection with the UN High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases. At the side event a new WHO-led global initiative was launched – SAFER – aiming to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. The side event was organised by World Health Organization, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Estonia, Thailand, Suriname, Sweden, Philippines and IOGT International.
- 27 September GAPA joins over 300 organisations and experts calling on world leaders to seize the ‘do or die’ moment of the third UN High-Level Meeting to address NCDs to go above and beyond the vague and unambitious commitments contained in the Political Declaration adopted in New York on 27th September 2018. Part of the statements says: “The absence of strong language on implementing the Best Buys, which focus on taxation, regulation and legislation, is a glaring omission from the document. This reflects interference and undue influence of health-harmful industries over a few countries who were prepared to shamelessly block progress for all. We are deeply disappointed that too few countries were prepared to stand up and show real leadership to put the health and wellbeing of their people ahead of the short-term and short-sighted economic interests of the few.”
Read the joint statement here
- 24 September, Trouble Brewing: Four major global health organizations warn that countries are ignoring the harms of alcohol consumption. Launch of the report “Trouble Brewing” by four global health and development organizations, Vital Strategies, the NCD Alliance, IOGT International and the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA)
- 24 May, GAPA chair Sally Casswell speaks at a side event during the 71st World Health Assembly: “FROM BURDEN TO SOLUTION; Ending TB, beating NCDs and achieving Health for All through Alcohol Policy Best Buys Implementation” hosted by Permanent Missions of Botswana, Estonia, Guyana, Slovenia and Thailand together with IOGT International.
- 13 March, UNITAR must end alcohol and road safety partnership with ABInBev. In a joint open letter GAPA has reiterated the concerns over United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) having entered into partnership with the world’s biggest brewing company, Anheuser-Busch InBev. Partnering with the alcohol industry to promote road safety constitutes a fundamental and grave conflict of interest, says the letter. Read the letter here.
- 2 March 2018. “The constructive meeting is first step towards ending Global Fund’s ill-advised partnership with Heineken, though concerns remain,” the three organisations stated after having met with Global Fund Executives in Geneva. Read the statement here.
- 1 February 2018, sending a joint letter of concern to The Global Fund together with IOGT International and NCD Alliance regarding the announced partnership between The Global Fund and Heineken. The letter is being endorsed by a number of civil society organisations and networks.
- 9-11 December 2017, attending the second NCD Alliance Global Forum, in Sharjah, UAE
- 18-20 October 2017, attending the WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable diseases: Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030, in Montevideo, Uruguay,
- 4-6 October 2017, Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2017 was held in Australia with the title: “Mobilising for Change: Alcohol Policy and the Evidence for Action”.
- 26-28 June 2017, GAPA attended the WHO Forum on alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviour at the WHO Head quarter in Geneva.
- May 2017, GAPA attended the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva.
- 19-21 October 2016, attending WHO Global Dialogue Meeting on the role of non-State actors in supporting Member States in their national efforts to tackle noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Balaclava, Mauritius, 19– 21 October 2016
- 26 August 2016, Seminar “Curbing industry marketing of harmful products to young people”, Protea Hotel Sea Point, Cape Town, with Health Promotion and Development Foundation Network, South Africa.
- 26 May 2016, World Health Assembly side event “Alcohol Marketing in the Digital World” co-hosted by Botswana, Ecuador, Estonia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam
- 30 November-1 December 2015, attending WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs; Dialogue on how to strengthen international cooperation on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases within the framework of North–South, South–South and triangular cooperation, Geneva, Switzerland
- 13-15 November 2015, attending Global NCD Alliance Forum, “NCD Advocacy and Accountability in the Post 2015 Era”, Sharjah, United, Arab Emirates
- 7–9 October 2015, Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2015, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. This event was cosponsored by the World Health Organization, which published this information after the meetings.
- 20-21 April 2015, WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs; Dialogue on NCDs and development cooperation, Geneva, Switzerland
- 7–9 October 2013, Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2013, “Alcohol, Civil Society and Public Health: From Local Action to Global Change”, COEX Convention Center, Seoul, Korea. Download GAPC 2013 Summary Report (pdf)
- February 2013, Statement of Concern: The international public health community responds to the global alcohol producers’ attempts to implement the WHO Global Strategy on the Harmful Use of Alcohol. Download the full report here.
- 30 April 2012, 2nd NCD NGO Dialogue meeting, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
- 13–15 February 2012, Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2012, “From Global Strategies to Local Actions”, Impact Convention Centre, Nonthaburi, Thailand.
- 19–20 September, New York, USA. World Health Organization. 2011 UN High-level meeting on NCDs;
- 1–6 August 2011, Copenhagen, Denmark. IFMSA August meeting 2011;
- 16 June, Civil Society Informal Interactive Hearing on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, United Nations, New York, USA
- 21–22 June 2011, Alcohol Prevention Training Workshop, Abuja, Nigeria;
- 28–29 April 2011, First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Noncommunicable Disease Control, Moscow, Russia
- 15–19 April 2011, Kaunas, Lithuania. Alcohol Policy Youth Network. Training for Trainers “The role of youth organisations in Alcohol Policy”;
- 4–8 March 2011, Cambridge, England. Alcohol Policy Youth Network. Training Course “The role of youth organisations in Alcohol Policy;”
- 20 February 2011, Cambridge, England. Alcohol Policy Youth Network. First meeting “European-wide Consultation on Promotion, Marketing, Price and Availability.
- 23-24 November 2008, WHO Roundtable meeting with NGOs and health professionals on ways they could contribute to reducing harmful use of alcohol. Report available at WHO website
- October – November 2008: Web-based consultation (WHO public hearings) with Member States and other stakeholders on ways of reducing harmful use of alcohol. Submissions available at WHO web site