Topic: Civil Society

NEWS: WHO EURO RCM: Make Alcohol Priority

On the fourth and final day of the 67th Regional Committee Meeting of the WHO European Region alcohol policy was on the agenda. The meeting deliberated about the “Progress report on the implementation of the European Action Plan to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol 2012–2020” under agenda item 5 (h).
While there is some progress in a few areas, and while there have been some key developments towards better alcohol control policies, the progress report alarmed civil society…

NEWS: WHO EURO: Regional Committee Under Way

More than 600 delegates have gathered in Budapest for the WHO EURO regional committee meeting deliberating how to improve Europe’s health, through – for instance – assessing progress in reducing alcohol harm, tackling NCDs and achieving the SDGs. Read the highlights of the first day of the meeting…

NEWS: Ireland: Super Cheap Alcohol Fuels Harm

Alcohol Action Ireland is calling on the Irish government to retain the current level of excise duty, to introduce a Social Responsibility levy on all alcohol and demands the immediate enactment of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill including the Minimum Unit Pricing measure. The calls come among rising consumption fueled by super cheap alcohol generally preferred by young people and heaviest alcohol users…

NEWS: EU: Commissioner Endorses Industry Self-Regulation

In response to a written question by Croatian Socialist MEP Biljana Borzan [S&D], European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis made it clear that the entire alcohol sector should develop within one year a self-regulatory proposal on labelling…

NEWS: California: Opposition To 4AM Bar Closing

The California Alcohol Policy Alliance along with dozens of community members gathered in San Diego, California to protest a proposal to allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol as late as 4 a.m…

NEWS: South Africa: ‘Beer For Africa’ Campaign Averted

Following public condemnation of cynical exploitation of hunger to sell more beer with the now infamous “Beers for Africa” campaign, South African Breweries has given notice that it has decided to upend the campaign. After the advocacy success to avert such a cynical Corporate Social Responsibility campaign by an alcohol company that is owned by the world’s largest beer producer, civil society activists are now calling on the South African government to revisit stalled alcohol control legislation including the ban of alcohol advertising…

IOGT Members Help Birth West African Alcohol Policy Alliance

Civil society in West Africa is stepping up to tackle alcohol as obstacle to development and counter-act the aggressive push of multinational alcohol companies into the region’s countries. 10 civil society organization and one research center, from 6 countries, joined forces and formally established the West African Alcohol Policy Alliance (WAAPA). 6 of the NGOs are member organizations of IOGT International…