Topic: Sustainable Development

NEWS: Vietnam: Alcohol Laws Achieve Decline in Beer Sales

New alcohol laws in Vietnam achieve a decline in beer sales.
The new Alcohol Harm Prevention law was passed by the National Assembly on June 14, 2019 and came into effect in the beginning of 2020. Among other provisions the law included a ban on driving under the influence of alcohol. From January 1st, a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol is active in Vietnam.
The new law was adopted to change Vietnam’s pervasive alcohol norm, where alcohol consumption is common before operating road traffic vehicles – and where road traffic accidents are a leading killer. According to data from the World Health Organization, more than 30% of traffic accidents among men in Vietnam are due alcohol…

EVENT: Post-GAPC Event: Vital Role of Youth in the Advocacy for Alcohol Prevention and Control

Adolescents and youth are a powerful catalyst for change within society through being a natural partner for preventing NCDs. The WHO estimates that 70% of premature deaths in adults are the result of behaviors begun during adolescence and youth, such as a significant 13.6% of adolescents partaking in heavy episodic alcohol use. In addition, youth are disproportionately affected by alcohol, especially harm from others’ alcohol use.
Our side-event aims to provide youth with the advocacy tools to address their governments and decision-makers to take urgent action for the prevention of early initiation and onset of alcohol use and wider alcohol harm, such as effective legislative measures regarding alcohol taxation and pricing policies, alcohol advertising, promotions and sponsorships, and alcohol availability as well as other cost-effective interventions that help protect children, adolescents and youth…

EVENT: Pre-GAPC Event: Alcohol Policy As Catalyst For The SDGs

Alcohol is a major obstacle to development. The alcohol industry is a significant vector of under-development, including social, health, environmental and economic harm. Alcohol is in fact adversely affecting 14 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, curbing across the entire Agenda 2030.
This also means that the benefits of addressing alcohol as obstacle to development are substantial in multiple policy areas. In fact, evidence shows that evidence-based alcohol prevention and control holds.
This pre-conference side event seeks to deepen the understanding of how and to what extent alcohol and the alcohol industry are hindering sustainable human development; the event further aims to provide space for discussion to learn from local examples of alcohol as obstacle to development and of concrete actions to solve these problems; the third goal of this event is to explore evidence-based solutions and inspire action to help promote development through alcohol prevention and control…

NEWS: Growing Attention for (Alcohol) Taxation

There is a growing attention for alcohol taxation with increasing evidence showing the effectiveness of alcohol taxes to not only reduce alcohol harm but boost revenue and fund development. Across the globe countries and international bodies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are understanding the need to use taxation for domestic resource mobilization…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Deaths (in Women) Rise Sharply

Alcohol deaths rise sharply in the United States, specifically among women.
Factors that play into this development are deregulation of alcohol by the federal government, the systematic effort of the alcohol industry to recruit more women as consumers and demographic development with alcohol-related illnesses presenting more in aging baby boomers who have consumed more alcohol in their lifetime…

NEWS: Sydney, Australia: Lockout Laws Weakened

Sydney’s lockout laws will be removed in CBD from January 14, 2020. The changes will affect all venues in Sydney’s CBD including Oxford Street but the laws will remain in place in Kings Cross.
The lockout laws – which came into effect in 2014 – included measures such as 1:30 AM last entry and 3:00 AM last serving of alcohol. Both have been scrapped for Sydney’s CBD.
The NSW government has watered down the laws, by taking out the last entry measure and extending last serving to 3:30 AM. To further weaken alcohol policy measures, liquor shop hours have been increased from 11:00 PM to midnight…

NEWS: Vietnam: Heineken Tax Scheme Exposed

A new tax scheme of Heineken is exposed in Vietnam. Singapore based Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd struck a deal with Heineken Vietnam Brewery in late 2018, which was valued at over VND4.8 trillion ($207.7 million). The tax payable for the deal was VND823 billion ($35.6 million)…

BLOG: Let Me Introduce: Movendi International

We were founded in 1851, meaning almost 170 years ago. On December 14, 2019, our members gathered for an Extraordinary World Congress and unanimously decided to change our name. We are now Movendi International and I’m proud of how far we have come since 1851. We have successfully transitioned into two new centuries as a global movement and as times are changing ever faster and ever more dramatically, it is our challenge to adapt. Such adaption processes require honesty and open-mindedness and a focus on our values, vision and mission…
Kristina’s latest blog post explores the three reasons why changing the name is the way to go and the two reasons why Movendi was the choice to go with; as the name change concludes a decade-long modernization process, she also links back to the proud historical context in order to chart the way into the future of the 21st century…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax Increase Ready for Adoption

Alcohol and tobacco tax increase in the Philippines are ready for adoption and awaiting President Duterte’s signature. Alcohol industry interference has significantly reduced the projected tax receipt from alcohol and tobacco taxation. But the new bicameral-approved final measure would bring in P22.2 billion in revenue…

NEWS: USA: Congress Extends Big Alcohol’s Tax Break

The United States Congress extends the major tax break for the alcohol industry, losing billions of dollars in government revenue and further filling the coffers of Big Alcohol shareholders and executives with growing profits.
All this money is tax revenue being lost to the government which could have been invested in health and development of people and communities across the country that are seriously affected by rampant alcohol harm. Currently, alcohol harm costs the United States $249.0 billion every year. The one year extension of the alcohol tax break has been estimated to cost the government a total $1.2 billion…