The alcohol industry is lobbying very hard, mounting huge pressure right now to eliminate any of the so called “Best Buys” to reduce alcohol use.
Alcohol is a major risk factor for NCDs and evidence from around the world shows that increasing the price, reducing the availability and banning alcohol marketing are cost-effective and high-impact measures to reduce and prevent a large number of alcohol-related NCDs.
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Based on the third round of informal consultations with Member States, UN agencies, NGOs, and the private sector (that unfortunately includes the alcohol industry) over the past two weeks, WHO has published an updated revised version of the draft Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020.
Notable changes in the revised GAP include:
- Overarching principles: Multisectoral action; international cooperation and solidarity; and conflict of interest have been added as overarching principles.
- Costing: The estimated cost of implementing the GAP by the WHO Secretariat is now included. It is estimated at USD 240 million for 2014/2015.
- Priority actions: Appendix 3is now the “implementation” section of the GAP. It is a menu of policy options and cost-effective interventions across each objective, which will enable Member States to achieve the 9 voluntary global targets.
- Global coordination mechanism (GCM): A description of the GCM is now included under objective 2, including principles and key functions. The schematic has been removed.
- Reporting cycle: A reporting cycle is outlined under objective 6 – including reporting on the global monitoring framework every 5 years; the global status report on NCDs every 3 years; and a mid-term evaluation on implementation of the GAP. Process indicators have been removed.
Member states, UN agencies, relevant NGOs and private sector entities are invited to submit comments to WHO by 29th March via an online consultation.
Of course I will make sure that we from IOGT International prepare another response which we will share with our members and partners for effective advocacy as soon as possible.
It is extremely important now because this is the last opportunity to influence the content of the GAP before adoption at the World Health Assembly.
For further reading I attach the list of IOGT International’s previous submissions to WHO on the GAP.
03 April, 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”
16 April, 2012 IOGT International reply to World Health Organisation, Consultation on “Monitoring Framework and Targets for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases”
07 September, 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″
16 October, 2012 IOGT International contribution to discussion of the WHO second consultation round concerning the monitoring framework for NCDs
10 March, 2013 IOGT International response to the on-going, informal consultations concerning the “Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2013-2020”