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NEWS: UN Releases 2020 SDGs Progress Report

The annual report of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General on progress of sustainable development goals (SDGs) for 2020 have been released by the UN. The report was published ahead of the 2020 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). There is no mention of alcohol harm in the report despite the importance of prioritizing alcohol policy solutions towards achieving the SDGs by 2030 and in reducing COVID-19 impact and recovering from the pandemic…

NEWS: Financing Development Report Omits Alcohol Taxation (Again)

The Financing for Sustainable Development report by the United Nations omits alcohol taxation again.
The report was published by the UN Inter-Agency Task Force for Financing Development. It discusses methods in which sustainable development can be financed and the resources necessary so that the world can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
In the last report published in 2019, alcohol taxation was not given the priority it should have had considering its substantive potential to generate revenue for development financing. In this year’s report alcohol taxation has been completely omitted from the report…

NEWS: WHO Releases Children’s Story Book to Cope with COVID-19

The book titled “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” features the fantasy creature Ario. It is aimed at children aged 6 to 11 years and teaches kids how to protect themselves, family and friends from the virus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality…

NEWS: UN Adopts Landmark Health Declaration

World leaders have adopted a high-level United Nations Political Declaration on universal health coverage (UHC). This a landmark declaration with the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level. Among these commitments is also alcohol taxation as critical tool to reduce the health burden and help fund health promotion.
“This declaration represents a landmark for global health and development,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at WHO…

NEWS: WHO Launches SDG3 Global Action Plan

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All to push forward the SDG 3 on achieving good health for all. This action plan brings together 12 multilateral health, development and humanitarian agencies to better support countries to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

NEWS: Released: Global Sustainable Development Report 2019

Since 1990, millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. But this progress is under threat: inequality has deepened and climate change and biodiversity loss are approaching tipping points.

However, science has the power to help mitigate the trade-offs that come with achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are all interconnected, and put us back on track to creating a better world for all by 2030, according to the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report…

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…