Our advocacy positions are conveyed by our official statements, and contributions to public policy consultation processes on global, regional and national levels. We propose high-impact, cost-effective and evidence-based solutions for preventing harm caused by alcohol and other drugs and in order to inspire transformative, sustainable change.

With 165 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.

Open Letters

Open Letter to European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Mr. Tonio Borg 

February 6, 2013

Open Letter by NGO Coalition to the US Congress opposing to TPP Fast-Track in the USA

October 23, 2013

“We request that you oppose any legislation that would renew fast-track or trade promotion authority. Agreements such as the TPP require transparency  and input from all affected stakeholders, and a fast-track process would not permit Congress to provide that essential feedback …”

Open Letter to President Barack Obama

“The notorious comparison of alcohol and marijuana, and the most important aspect that is conspicuously absent”
January 29, 2014

Open Letter to European Commissioner Karel De Gucht

“Trade Commissioner and Alcohol Industry – time to re-evaluate the relation”
July 9, 2014

Open Letter to UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

“Calling Foul On UNICEF And avid Beckham”
September 29, 2015

Press Releases

Media Invitation For Report Launch
September 23, 2015

“Alcohol Taxation – A Win-Win Measure For Financing Development”

Get the full story and read the report here.

Joint Press release Children of Alcoholics Week 2015
February 13, 2015

“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”

Press release issued jointly by Active – sobriety, friendship and peace, Nacoa UK, NACoA (USA) and IOGT International

Press release World Cancer Day 2015
February 4, 2015

“Alcohol Causes Cancer. What Are We Going To Do About It?”

Press release International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2015
25th November 2014

“Violence against women – a global epidemic fuelled by alcohol”

Press release World Drug Day 2014
26th June 2014

“It all starts with drug-free childhood”

Press Release International Women’s Day 2014
08th March 2014

“Together for women and girls”

Press Release Enemies Of Human Rights Are Gearing Up
10th December 2013
Human Rights Day

Joint Press Release Global Coalition on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25th November 2013,

IOGT International, W.A.C.A.T., EAAPA, ITYF, Alcohol Justice, FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development, Active – sobriety, friendship and peace

“Women and Girls Suffer Alcohol-Related Violence. Global Coalition Calls for Action on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” (click for PDF format)

“International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women: Addressing the impact of alcohol-related gender-based violence”

Joint Press Release Alcohol A Major Obstacle To Economic And Societal Development in Africa – But Will East African Community Respond Properly?
28th March 2013,

EAAPA, RADAPA and IOGT International on the occasion of the 4th annual EAC Health and Scientific Conference 27th – 29th March, in Kigali, Rwanda (click for PDF format)

Joint Press Release Giving Childhood A Chance. The Children of Alcoholics Week Is Coming To An End – High Time For Decision-Makers To Wake Up
15th February 2013,

NACOA UK, Active – sobriety, friendship and peace, Stop Drink Network, IDYDC on occasion of Children of Alcoholics Week

Joint Press Release Alcohol Causes Cancer Yet Many Still Believe It Is Healthy. Four Facts You Need To Know
4th February 2013,
World Cancer Day

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and IOGT International

Press Release It Is About Much More Than Awareness
25th November 2012,
International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Release The Overlooked Obstacles For Achieving the Millennium Development Goals
17th October 2012,
International Day of Eradication of Poverty
Press Release Let Your Lifestyle Set You Free
24th September 2012,
EACA3 Conference

Press Release Keeping The Momentum Alive For Saving Lives
20th September 2012

Press Release Giving Childhood a Chance
1st June 2012,
International Children’s Day

Press Release Fifa’s Total Disregard 4 Democracy & Well-Being
6th March 2012

Press Release Fifa for violence
21st January 2012

Press Release Human Rights day
10th December 2011

Press Release Poverty day
17th October 2011

Press Release World Drug day
26th June 2011

Press Release Cheers to the family
15th May 2011

Press Release Mental Health and NCDs
5th May 2011

IOGT Statements

Written Statement at CSW60

New York, March 14, 2016

IOGT International Written Statement to 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

CSW60 Priority Theme:
Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development

Written Statement at CSW59

New York, March 18, 2015

IOGT International Written Statement to 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

CSW59 Priority Theme:
The review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995

Official Statement at CND58

Vienna, March 11, 2015

IOGT International Oral Statement on Drugs and Human Rights, Youth, Women, Children and Communities: “Five Points: Illicit Drugs And Human Rights Issues”

Oral Statement at CND58

Vienna, March 9, 2015

IOGT International Statement at 58th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs: “6 Points Of Expectations For UNGASS 2016”

Oral Statement at CSW57, with endorsements of international decision-makers

New York, March 15, 2013

IOGT International statement at 57th Session of UN Commission on the Status of Women

Consultation Contributions

  • August 28, 2015

IOGT International official contribution to

UN AIDS Strategy 2016 – 2021 Official Consultation Contribution

  • May 05, 2015

Every Woman Every Child – Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health – ZERO DRAFT FOR CONSULTATION

  • April 26, 2015

IOGT International response to

“Stakeholder feedback on the indicators for the SDGs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”

  • November, 2014

Reinvigorating independent evidence – an IOGT International response to IARD consultation contribution on
WHO Discussion paper from October 29, 2014: ”SUBMISSION ON BEHALF OF THE INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR RESPONSIBLE DRINKING (IARD) ON WHO DISCUSSION PAPER ‘FRAMEWORK FOR COUNTRY ACTION ACROSS SECTORS FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH EQUALITY’”

  • July 13, 2014

IOGT International Contribution to

European Commission “Online public consultation on investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP)”

  • October 30, 2013

IOGT International Response to

“First WHO Discussion Paper (Version dated July 23, 2013) Draft Terms of Reference for a Global Coordination Mechanism for the Prevention and Control of NCDs”

  • May 10, 2013

IOGT International contribution to

“Proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement“ a public consultation by the US government on the Proposed TTIP

  • March 29, 2013

IOGT International response to

4th round of informal consultations concerning the WHO Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020

“Updated Revised Draft Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2013-2020”

  • March 15, 2013

IOGT International Contribution to
Swedish Chamber of Commerce Consultation on EU-Thailand Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

  • March 15, 2013

IOGT International response to

On-going, informal consultations concerning the Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2013-2020

  • March 10, 2013

IOGT International contribution to

Discussion of the WHO second consultation round concerning the monitoring framework for NCDs

Revised Draft Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2013-2020

  • October 16, 2012

IOGT International contribution to

Discussion of WHO “Development of an updated Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013 – 2020″

“Comprehensive Global Monitoring Framework Including Indicators and Set of Voluntary Global Targets for the Prevention and Control of NCDs

  • September 07, 2012

IOGT International reply to

World Health Organisation, Consultation on “Monitoring Framework and Targets for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases”

“Global Action Plan 2013 – 2020 for Prevention and Control of NCDs”

  • April 16, 2012

IOGT International reply to

World Health Organisation, Consultation on “Options for Strengthening and Facilitating Multisectoral Action for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases through Partnership”

Monitoring Framework and Targets for the Prevention and Control of NCDs

  • April 03, 2012

IOGT International reply to

European Commission Directorate-General Justice Consultation on the Communication  “Towards a Stronger European Response to Drugs”

Options for Strengthening and Facilitating Multisectoral Action for the Prevention and Control of NCDs

  • January, 2012

“Towards a Stronger European Response to Drugs”