NGO of the year 2013
Alcohol and Drug Information Center (ADIC), our Member Organisation from Sri Lanka, was honoured for its heart-driven and impactful advocacy for tobacco and alcohol control by receiving the award for “NGO of the year” in 2013.
AT the time, The Nation newspaper, that stands behind the award, wrote about ADIC:
Sri Lanka has thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and the activities of some of them have brought a balk mark on the term “NGO.” But not all NGOs are of the same category. There are some NGOs which strive for the wellbeing of the people of the country in different ways.
Impactful IOGT-NTO campaign in Sweden
Our Swedish Member Organisation IOGT-NTO conducted a campaign during the Swedish election season in 2014.
The campaign “Alcohol Annoys” (alkohol stör) offered members and other people a platform to send a question to over 500 candidates for the Swedish Parliament, whether they support tougher regulation of alcohol marketing in Sweden.
More than 25.000 questions have been send to the candidates and 2428 replied. 2057 answered yes, that they do support stricter alcohol marketing regulations.
Another dimension of the campaign was to encourage people to easily report alcohol marketing that violates the Swedish law. The number of reported ads increased with 800%.
Making schools alcohol-free
Our Member Organisation CEM had a tremendous advocacy success in convincing the Central Bosnia Canton (i.e. the region of central Bosnia) to adopt a School Alcohol Policy. This means that teachers are no longer permitted to use alcohol in schools, that there is no alcohol available anymore in schools and that school provide alcohol-free environments in their activities.
Protecting children and youth
CEM also managed to change policies on alcohol sales to under-age, ensuring that regulations on selling alcohol to minors in Central Bosnia were made tougher and more strictly enforced.
Towards a better alcohol act in Sri Lanka
A significant achievement for ADIC and other civil society partners during the first half of 2015, is the approval of the alcohol policy by the Cabinet of the Sri Lanka Government. ADIC contributed to the development of the policy by providing expertise in alcohol control.
Thai students set free
Our Thai Member Organisation SDN had remarkable advocacy impact this year. Their advocacy campaign “Alcohol is not the answer” to end alcohol sales in and around education institutions such as universities was successful. The government recently decided to implement a ban on alcohol sales around education institutions in order to better protect youth from alcohol harm.
EU Alcohol Strategy 2006 – 2012
IOGT International and our European youth movement Active-sobriety, friendship and peace have been an active interlocutor in the process to draft and negotiate the strategy, to defend it from undue influence by the alcohol industry and to encourage the European Commission, Member States and EU Parliament to support and adopt the strategy. Ever since its adoption, we were committed to empowering EU governments to implement the strategy in the best possible way. Unfortunately, there’s no new and improved strategy since the old one ended in 2012.
WHO Global Alcohol Strategy
The WHO Global Alcohol Strategy was adopted in May 2010.
IOGT International and our Member Organizations have been an active interlocutor in the process to draft and negotiate the strategy, to defend it from undue influence by Big Alcohol and advocate for its adoption by the World Health Assembly. Ever since its adoption, we are committed to empowering governments to implement the strategy.
NCDs Global Action Plan
The NCDs Global Action Plan was adopted in 2013 by the World Health Assembly. IOGT International and our Member Organizations have been an active interlocutor in the process to draft and negotiate the action plan, its targets and indicators, and its coordination mechanism. We have also been advocating to defend the drafting process from undue influence by Big Alcohol.
We advocated for the inclusion of alcohol as one of the four major risk factors for Non-communicable diseases and the need for a robust target of reduction of per capita consumption through the three Best Buys – in order to comprehensively address the NCD epidemic. Ever since the adoption of the action plan, we are committed to empowering governments to implement the strategy.
Let the people know: Alcohol causes cancer even in the US
Just recently, we’ve contributed to the initiative of the US Alcohol Policy Alliance and the New York Alcohol Policy Alliance with their partners, to start a national conversation on alcohol and cancer in the United States.
The new Post-2015 development agenda
This September, the global community will adopt a new development agenda for the post-2015 era. It will likely be 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
IOGT International and our Member Organizations have been an active interlocutor in the process to draft and negotiate the post-2015 development agenda, including its targets and indicators.
We have also been advocating to defend the drafting process from undue influence by Big Alcohol. We advocated for the inclusion of alcohol under SDG3 on Health and we advocated on the need for a robust indicator to measure progress.
We continue to follow the process.