The last two days, I have had the honor and pleasure to represent IOGT International and CEM at the Stakeholder Forum convened by the World Health Organization Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs, which was a part of the First WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Program Managers and Directors.
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In Bosnia and Herzegovina, we in CEM are actively advocating towards our government for alcohol taxation measures. And in IOGT International, we have put together a report with our colleagues at East African Alcohol Policy Alliance (EAAPA) about the potential of alcohol taxation for financing of sustainable development.
Therefore it was a great opportunity for us to be invited by WHO and to present our experiences and findings to national NCDs Directors.
For the Interactive Stakeholder Networking Dinner, I participated in Station 6, together with an impressive line-up of honorable experts from the World Economic Forum, the African Union Commission, WHO and the US Mission to UNOG.
In my 7 minute presentation, I introduced world class evidence from Alcohol No Ordinary Commodity, about the cost-effectiveness and high-impact of alcohol taxation on reducing alcohol consumption and thus preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm.
I also showed quotes from key publications that make it clear: OECD, World Economic Forum, WHO, World Bank and leading academic institutions such as Harvard School for Public Health all agree on the fact that alcohol taxation is a crucial toll for controlling the NCD epidemic.
You can find the quotes in our report.
Finally my key messages was: Alcohol taxation is a win-win measure and holds massive (largely untapped) potential.
- It helps to bring down alcohol harm and the NCD burden.
- It helps to increase government revenue and thus funding for health promotion.
In our report, we show a couple of country examples and their alcohol taxation levels. Only very few (e.g. Kenya) are at that level of taxation as depicted above. That’s where the massive potential is hidden. I hope that the national NCD processes will excavate the alcohol taxation measure.
Find the presentation and taxation report:
IOGT International and EAAPA
Adis Arnautovic, presentation at WHO Stakeholder Forum convened by the World Health Organization Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs