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NEWS: Australia Exposed: Big Alcohol Calls Shots on Health Policy

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) released the analysis “Alcohol industry fingerprints: Analysis of modifications to the National Alcohol Strategy (NAS)” which confirms the NAS has been undermined after consultation with the alcohol industry. The analysis comes after a recent ABC investigation revealed the NAS, which was presented to the States and Territories for approval early this year, includes significant pro-alcohol modifications…

NEWS: UNODC: Global Homicide Study Highlights Role of Alcohol

The global homicide study of published by UNODC identifies alcohol and other drugs plays a role in homicides. In the Booklet 1 of the study which contains the Executive Summary, the following is stated, “Drugs and alcohol are linked to crime through three well-recognized mechanisms….”

NEWS: WHO Europe: Major New Step Towards NCDs Control

WHO/Europe and the Russian Federation signed the Donor Agreement setting out the Russian Federation’s financial contribution for continued joint work to fight noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the Region. The grant marks a milestone in the Region’s response to its high burden of NCDs…

NEWS: Asia: Countries Off-Track to Reach SDGs

A recent UN report warns, not a single country in the Asia and Pacific is on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Although progress has been made on some fronts the report says it’s still not fast enough to achieve the targets by 2030. For more than half of the goals, progress has stagnated. But even worse, the report reveals that the situation is actually deteriorating for three of the goals…

NEWS: UNDP: Alcohol Recognized as Obstacle to Development in Asia-Pacific

A recent report by the Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership on accelerating progress in the Asia-Pacific region identifies alcohol as an obstacle to development. The report was co-published by United Nations (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The thematic report identifies the elements necessary to advance inclusion, empowerment, and equality in the Asia and Pacific region…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Uzbekistan Case for Investing in NCD Prevention

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases and their risk factors, including alcohol, are an increasing public health and development challenge in Uzbekistan.
This report provides evidence through three analyses that NCDs reduce economic output and discusses potential options in response, outlining details of their relative returns on investment. An economic burden analysis shows that economic losses from NCDs (direct and indirect costs) make up 9.3 trillion sum, which is equivalent to 4.7% of gross domestic product in 2016. An intervention costing analysis provides an estimate of the funding required to implement a set of policy interventions for prevention and clinical interventions. A cost–benefit analysis compares these implementation costs with the estimated health gains and identifies which policy packages would give the greatest returns on investment…

NEWS: UNODC Guide: Drug Prevention, Treatment In Rural Settings

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has published a new ‘an awareness-raising tool’ aimed at policy-makers, public health officials, local authorities and other stakeholders.
Its intent is to guide more effective practice when dealing with substance use issues in rural settings throughout the world.
The guide pays attention to the identification, assessment, planning and implementation of evidence-based substance use prevention initiatives and policies…

NEWS: ECOSOC Adopts Resolution To Scale Up NCDs Action

To accelerate action on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has adopted a wide-ranging resolution, sending a strong message to Member States of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on NCDs to reflect NCD-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals in their work in countries…

NEWS: UN Envoy: Need Concerted Efforts To End Violence Against Children

UN Envoy: Need more concerted efforts to end violence against children in Vietnam
Concluding a three-day visit to Viet Nam, a United Nations envoy has called on the government, civil society and all stakeholders to take united action to eliminate violence against children…