Topic: Civil Society

NEWS: UK: New Prevention Research Initiative

SPECTRUM, a new consortium for prevention research has been awarded £5.9 million funding from the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP). SPECTRUM research will focus on commercial determinants of health and health inequalities, considering alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy food. Commercial determinants are strategies and approaches used by commercial companies to promote products and choices that are detrimental to health…

NEWS: New York Launches First Recovery Tax in USA

Recovery advocates rejoice as New York launches the country’s first ever tax credit for employers hiring people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Legislative leaders aim to boost employment and reduce stigma with the new Recovery Tax Credit Program. It was included as part of the New York state budget with $2 million allocated per year, for employers recruiting people who are in recovery…

NEWS: ANPAA, France: Exposing Big Alcohol Lobbying

Association Nationale de Prevention en Alcoologie et Adictiologie (ANPAA) recently released a report on the alcohol industry lobbying practices in France. The ANPAA, a long-time partner of IOGT International, reports at the heart of these industry lobbying initiatives is a strategy to position itself as an “actor of prevention” to the public authorities so that they can disseminate their own prevention messages, focusing solely on individual responsibility of consumers. The impact of the environment on consumption (advertising, accessibility, price) is deliberately ignored, as is any proposal for binding measures…

EVENT: WHA72 Side Event: Health Promotion Through The Life Course

IFA, IFMSA and IOGT International cordially invite you to our WHA72 side event
HEALTH PROMOTION THROUGH THE LIFE-COURSE: A call to action to leave no one behind
Promoting health through the life course means to invest in prevention and to provide treatment and care services whenever and for whoever necessary. This side event explores the realities of adolescence and youth as well as older age in relation to NCDs risk factors. We will as well explore commonalities to foster synergies in a life course approach to health promotion. Finally, this side event will discuss solutions and their evidence-base that help promote health and quality of life among adolescents and older people.
The objective of this side event is to inform decision-makers about cost-effective, high-impact, evidence-based solutions that are available to protect and promote the health of youth and older people…

MEMBER NEWS: SDN Thailand: National Youth Camp

Stop Drink Network Thailand, a member of the IOGT International family held their National Youth Camp from 27th to 29th of May 2019. About 150 youth from all around the country participated in the camp. The camp created a platform to share their experiences in alcohol prevention. The youth also participated in different fun activities focused on building motivation, self development and cohesion between the youth…

NEWS: Vietnam: New Alcohol Law in the Making

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyễn Trường Sơn says the draft Law on Alcohol Harm Prevention that is ready for the National Assembly to be discussed in May…

MEMBER NEWS: Scandinavia: IOGT Movements Interview Author of Heineken in Africa

IOGT International members in Sweden and Norway have organized outstanding public events to discuss the findings and stories of the book “Heineken in Africa”, written by investigative journalist Oliver van Beemen.”Heineken in Africa” exposes with compelling evidence and stories the unethical practices of the Dutch beer giant Heineken. Heineken boasts that its presence on the African continent boosts development. After six years of research, journalist Olivier van Beemen provides a detailed investigations. The truth he uncovered is not a love story: Heineken is exploiting people, communities and countries in Africa…

MEMBER NEWS: BiH: CEM Exposes Alcohol Sales Law Violations

To check whether alcohol outlets adhere to the restriction on alcohol sales to minors, IOGT International member organization CEM, the Center for Youth Eduction, in Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina conducted complaince test through mystery shopping. CEM sent an undercover customer – who was a minor under adult supervision – to 10 sales outlets in Travnik. Three of these sales facilities violated the law and sold alcohol to the minor…

NEWS: India: Largest Democracy Goes Sober on Election Day

India will ban alcohol sales during the upcoming election days in celebration of democracy. The election commission will institute the ban on alcohol sales 48 hours ahead of closing the polls in the voting constituency and on May 23, 2019 which is counting day. Instituting alcohol-free days and periods is common in India, for example regarding the celebration of festivals, on national holidays such as Gandhi Jayanthi and Independence Day as well as on religious festival days. Such alcohol bans are implemented either locally, state-wide or nation-wide…

MEMBER NEWS: Swedish IOGT-NTO Movement Criticizes Pension Fund’s Investment in Cannabis Industry

IOGT-NTO has expressed their objection to the recent move by the Swedish Pension Fund AP7 investing in two of the world’s largest cannabis companies. Investment into the two cannabis companies have taken place in funds where about half the Swedish population has holdings. This move was done despite the AP funds’ ethics council recommendation for AP funds to exclude companies which manufacture cannabis products. The investment by AP7 is even more serious as it has transgressed their own ethics…