October 2021 – The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance Virtual Event 2021 will be held 12-13 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 frame programme and keep the dates. The full 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.
August 2021 – GAPA sends a letter to President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, raising concern over the issuing of liquor licences to petrol stations. Says the letter: “With the serious challenges related both to alcohol problems and road traffic deaths and injuries, allowing petrol stations to become additional alcohol outlets is the wrong signal to send.”
25 March 2021 – GAPA announced that based on the present uncertainty about the development of the COVID-19 -pandemic globally, we are postponing the Global Alcohol Policy Conference and this will now be held in Cape Town to 2023 as an in-person event. See the full statement here
In November 2020, WHO issued a ‘Working document for development of an action plan to strengthen implementation of the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol’ and started an online consultation until 13 December . For this consultation 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. Read about GAPA’s involvement and download documents here.
August 2020, 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.
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
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.
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.