Our policy 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 more than 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.
Interactive Multi-Stakeholder Hearing to prepare for the High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage
UN General Assembly Hall, New York, USA, April 29, 2019
Addressing Session 1: UHC as a driver for inclusive development and prosperity
“Taking stock of the implementation of the commitments made to jointly address and counter the world drug problem, in particular in light of the 2019 target date”
Official statement delivered by Kristina Sperkova, International President, on behalf of IOGT International.
Addressing plenary session on Agenda item 10a)
10. Implementation of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem: (a) Demand reduction and related measures;
Official statement delivered by Cecilie Widnes, Member of the International Board, IOGT International
144th Session of the WHO Executive Board
Geneva, Switzerland, January 24 – February 1, 2019
Addressing agenda item 7.1 WHO Reform Process EB144/34
January 31, 2019
Official IOGT International Statement delivered by Maik Dünnbier, Director of Strategy and Advocacy, on behalf of IOGT International, supported by Medicus Mundi International and Wemos.
Addressing agenda item 7.3 Engagement with Non-State Actors
January 31, 2019
Official IOGT International Statement delivered by Maik Dünnbier, Director of Strategy and Advocacy, on behalf of IOGT International, supported by the NCD Alliance, World Obesity Federation, NCD Child, and the World Cancer Research Fund International
The Delegates of the 69th IOGT International World Congress “Future Made Here” call for the adoption of a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control and for governments to make alcohol policy solutions the priority they should be in order to achieve development for all.
Official Statements at the United Nations Interactive Hearing on NCDs
United Nations Headquarters, New York, July 5, 2018
IOGT International issued three statements, one for each of the three first panel discussions, during the Interactive Hearing. The statement for the second panel was actually delivered, while the other two were submitted to a dedicated WHO website.
In accordance with paragraph 7 of UN resolution A/RES/72/274, the President of the UN General Assembly, with the support of WHO, organized and presided over an interactive hearing which took place on July 5, 2018 in New York as part of the preparatory process for the third High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs.
IOGT International statement on the occasion of the UN International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, commemorated at the United Nations in Vienna, and the launch of the 2018 edition of the World Drug report, delivered by Executive Director Esbjörn Hörnberg.
UN Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2018
IOGT International statement at the 71st session of the World Health Assembly, Agenda item 11.1, Draft 13th General Program of Work 2019-2023, delivered by International President Kristina Sperkova (shorter version delivered)*.
IOGT International statement at the 71st session of the World Health Assembly, Agenda item 20.3 D. Public health dimension of the world drug problem (decision WHA70(18) (2017)), submitted to Committee B for consideration*.
*All statements (including all IOGT International statements) delivered by Non-State Actors at the WHA71 can be found here.
IOGT International statement to the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) with the priority theme “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”.
IOGT International was represented by Director of Strategy and Advocacy Maik Dünnbier.
Civil Society Dialogue with EU Trade Commissioner Malmström on Trade and Sustainable Development
Brussels, Belgium, October 6, 2017
This meeting is part of an ongoing process of Civil Society Dialogue on EU trade policy. Commissioner Malmström presented current developments and exchange views with civil society organisations on Trade and Sustainable Development. The Commission is undertaking comprehensive discussions with the Council, EP and stakeholders with a view to improve implementation of Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapters in the EU’s free trade agreements.
Joint NGO statement on health sustainability in trade and investment agreements,
together with All-Ukrainian Network PLWH, Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), European Alcohol Policy Alliance (EUROCARE), European Heart Network (EHN), European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), European Respiratory Society (ERS), Health Action International Europe (HAI Europe), IOGT International, IOGT-NTO, International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA), International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), Smoke Free Partnership (SFP).
67 WHO Regional Committee for Europe Statements
Budapest, Hungary, September 11 to 14, 2017
Written statement by Kristina Sperkova on behalf of IOGT International
August 31, 2017
Oral statement by Maik Dünnbier on behalf of IOGT International
September 6, 2017
“Stakeholder feedback on the indicators for the SDGs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”
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’”
“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 …”
IOGT International is the premier global network for evidence-based policy measures and community-based interventions to prevent and reduce harm caused by alcohol and other drugs.
Our heart-driven work protects children and youth, makes communities safer, and promotes health and development worldwide.