The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance and its global network work actively to reduce alcohol-related harm worldwide by promoting science-based policies independent of commercial interests.
Starting with a discussion at the 72nd World Health Assembly in 2019 WHO embarked on a process leading to the 75th World Health Assembly in 2022 discussing a WHO alcohol action plan 2022-2030. See an overview over developments along with GAPA positions throughout this process.
GAPA Policy positions
106 community leaders call on WHO to stop closed-door meetings with alcohol lobbyists
A group of 106 community and public health leaders from 60 countries and six continents are calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to stop its closed-door meetings with alcohol lobbyists, which allow companies that profit from alcoholic products to have unprecedented access to leaders who are responsible for advancing global health.
GAPA network raises concerns over WHO interaction with alcohol industry
In early April the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance and Regional Alliances sent a letter to the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, raising concerns about the WHO interaction with alcohol industry.
GAPA recommendations on the Global Alcohol Action Plan
The present draft Alcohol action plan will be discussed at the WHA75. Given its background and its bundling into the NCD suite of documents, GAPA support the adoption of the compromise text as it is. If, however, the matter is opened for negotiations in the WHA, GAPA recommends promoting the following in the action plan.
Updates from the alcohol policy field
GAPA welcomes evidence update on the most effective alcohol policy strategies to protect public health
GAPA welcomes the third edition of Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity, written by an international team of addiction scientists and representing more than a decade of new research, explaining why alcohol policy is needed, how it is made, and the impact it has on health and well-being.
RESET Alcohol to address alcohol harms
The new initiative launched to address neglected global health crisis of alcohol harms is supported with a $15 million philanthropic award that doubles existing global funding. RESET Alcohol will work in fifteen countries primarily in Latin America, Africa, Asia.
WHA adopts Global Alcohol Action Plan
On Friday 27 May 2022, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted the Global Alcohol Action Plan, in the making for two years. GAPA welcomes the decision by the WHA. Now words must be followed by action, globally and in the member countries. For that, adequate resources are needed, particularly in low and middle-income countries to address global inequities.