MELBOURNE / 3 OCTOBER 2019
In October leading international alcohol-policy experts gathered in Melbourne at a public forum, Advancing Public Health in International Alcohol Control, to examine options for the future global governance of alcohol and the role Australia should play.
The forum was held as the World Health Organization set out to consult with its member states and more generally about ways forward on alcohol policy internationally, ten years after having adopted its Global Strategy on alcohol. The outcome of these consultations will be decided on at the World Health Assembly in May 2020.
Alcohol is a global health issue. The sources of the harm (especially in the form of global alcohol industry conduct) cross borders, and the potential solutions to these problems increasingly require international innovation and solidarity through global governance. Yet alcohol is the great exception among problematic psychoactive substances in not being covered by any public health-oriented international drug control conventions.
Urgent action is needed by governments to control the marketing, labelling and availability of alcohol given the growing evidence about the burden of disease and premature mortality associated with alcohol use.
On behalf of the event organising committee, the Kettil Bruun Society and sponsoring organisations, the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), the Centre for Health Law and Society (CHLS) La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne, Vic Health and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, we bring you video highlights showcasing the featured speakers, comprehensive video coverage of the event, together with a statement presented at the event which highlights the need for a legally-binding global instrument committing countries and resources to effective approaches to reducing alcohol-related harm.
Read more the event: http://fare.org.au/kbs/