Our media releases formulate and convey the IOGT International standpoints on breaking news, current affairs and ongoing political processes. We regularly and frequently issue Open letters and Press releases in order to contribute to and drive public discourse about essential issues of our time.

Our Media releases comprise IOGT International Open Letters to high-level decision-makers and opinion leaders and Press releases.

With over 160 years worth of advocacy experience, IOGT International is the voice for comprehensive and sustainable policy solutions concerning current and complex health, development, Human Rights and economic issues.
We work hand in hand with decision-makers and opinion leaders around the world.

You can find all our Media releases on the page about our advocacy positions.

Press releases

28Nov2016
Over 450 European, Canadian Civil Society Groups Urge Legislators To Reject CETA

IOGT International together with over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today urged legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament. Should EU parliamentarians give the trade deal the green light, ratification votes in EU member states would follow...

26Sep2016
A Call To Free Europe’s Youth From Health-Harmful Marketing

Today, nearly 40 childrens’ rights, family, consumer, public health, alcohol control, and medical organizations - among them IOGT International - launched a joint call to Members of the European Parliament for ambitious action to free Europe’s children, youth and parents from aggressive marketing of products harmful to health and future well-being...

4Aug2016
IOGT Endorses VNGOC Statement On Situation In The Philippines

IOGT International fully supports the statement made by the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs, in response to the recent violent, extra-judicial killings of and attacks against suspected drug users, often poor and marginalized people in the Philippines...

26May2016
Civil Society: NO To Corporate Capture Of WHO

At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, IOGT International and other civil society organizations have expressed their concerns about the proposed Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). Together they issued a press release and statement that was addressed to the Member States of the WHO...

26Jan2016
Civil Society Warns Of Corporate Capture Of WHO

Over 50 public interest non governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations and social movements have sent an open letter to WHO’s Executive Board members – who are meeting this week in WHO’s headquarters in Geneva. The NGOs call for an end to the tortured process of the development of a proposed “Framework for Engagement with Non State Actors” (FENSA) that from the start, 4 years ago, has been set on the wrong track...

12Oct2015
New Beer Behemoth Serious Threat To Global Health And Sustainable Development

Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, the two biggest beer producers in the world, have agreed on terms for a gigantic deal to merge both companies. The merger is set to create a beer behemoth responsible for one in three beers sold worldwide. This deal has to be viewed as a major threat to global health and sustainable development...

9Oct2015
IOGT Endorses GAPC2015 Declaration

IOGT International fully endorses the declaration of the Global Alcohol Policy Conference. This declaration was adopted at the closing of the Global Alcohol Policy Conference “Momentum for Change: Research and Advocacy Reducing Alcohol Harm”, in Edinburgh, Scotland, October 7 to 9, 2015...

12Feb2015
The Hidden Human Rights Crisis

Silently suffering by the millions - children of alcoholics need and deserve better efforts from society to protect, support and empower them. As the Children of Alcoholics Week is coming to an end civil society leaders call in a joint press release for stronger efforts to not leave children of alcoholics isolated and alone...

3Feb2015
Alcohol Causes Cancer. What Are We Going To Do About It?

IOGT International, along with several global partners and in recognition of World Cancer Day, calls on nations to recognize the connection between alcohol use and cancer, which has been known by scientists at least since the 1980’s. Joining IOGT International is the US Alcohol Policy Alliance, the New York Alcohol Policy Alliance, the Harlem Health Promotion Center of Columbia University, and the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness...

Open letters

28Nov2016
European, Canadian Civil Society Groups Call For Rejection Of CETA

IOGT International, together with over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today urged legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament. Should EU parliamentarians give the trade deal the green light, ratification votes in EU member states would follow...

13Jun2016
Joint Open Letter: Reaction To F1 & Its Heineken Sponsorship Deal

Together with a broad range of civil society organizations from around the world, IOGT International addresses FIA President, requisitions to take the issue seriously and consider moving away from these sponsorship agreements, as was done with tobacco sponsorship. FIA is not without responsibilities, being the governing body of F1 and also being one of the shareholders in the sport...

26Jan2016
Joint Open Letter: Civil Society Has No Confidence In Stalled FENSA Process

We the undersigned members of public interest non governmental organisations, civil society organisations and social movements wish to address you on the critical issue of the integrity, independence, and credibility of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its ability to fulfill its constitutional mandate...