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June 16 - June 17

9th European Alcohol Policy Conference

The 9th European Alcohol Policy Conference is held in Oslo, 16 – 17 June 2022, organized by the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) and Actis – Norwegian Policy Network on Alcohol and Drugs.

Conference aim

The aim of the conference is to address the main factors that prevent policymakers from introducing effective and adequate alcohol policies.

Conference approach

The conference will be a discussion and an experience-sharing event with great emphasis on audience participation. The moderator will first ask specific guided questions to the panellists and there will be enough time for the public to make comments and ask questions, leaving participants eager for more ideas, conversations and exchanges.

Conference legacy

The 9th European Alcohol Policy Conference builds on the series of very successful European Alcohol Policy Conferences (Warsaw 2004, Helsinki 2006, Barcelona 2008, Brussels 2010, Stockholm 2012, Brussels 2014 and Ljubljana 2016).

Timely conference

This edition of the 9th European Alcohol Policy Conference comes at a particularly critical time for alcohol policy, including some promising policy initiatives:

  • The WHO Global Alcohol Action Plan (2022 – 2030) should have been adopted at the World Health Assembly in May 2022.
  • WHO Europe launched the SAFER initiative early in 2021, committing to building a European Region free from alcohol related harm.
  • A new version of the “Framework to strengthen implementation of the WHO European Action Plan to Reduce Alcohol Harm (EAPA), 2022–2025” will be adopted in 2022.
    • The new framework is set to accelerate implementation of the best buy alcohol policy solutions in the WHO European region.
  • An opportunity to improve alcohol policy in the European Union has presented itself with Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.
    • This EU initiative includes a plan to introduce mandatory labelling of alcoholic beverages by 2022 and inclusion of health warnings by 2023 as well as plans for capacity building activities in the areas of EU legislation relating to the taxation of alcohol.
    • It also provides for support to Member States in the implementation of evidence-based brief interventions on alcohol in primary health care, workplace and social services settings.
  • In 2019, NORAD, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, launched Better health Better Lives, a dedicated international development strategy to combat NCDs in LMICs.
    • With a budget of $133 million (1.2 billion NOK) from 2020 to 2024, the strategy includes prevention that targets leading NCD risk factors, including alcohol consumption.
    • And in 2020, Norway also made funding for WHO’s SAFER initiative available.

A new format

This conference will be a space in which speakers and participants with diverse experiences (researchers, policy makers, civil society organisations and academia) will be able to network, debate, question and place critical issues related to alcohol related harm polices and progress. By bringing together innovators, policymakers, academics, people with lived experience, storytellers and health advocates the conference will explore:

  • What are the major barriers to policy progress?
  • Is raising awareness a precondition for the adoption of SAFER initiatives?
  • Is the evidence at our disposal strong enough? If not, what should be the research agenda?
  • How can different stakeholders contribute to make positive policy change?
  • What is the role of the Research community in preventing and managing alcohol related harm at the national and global level?
  • How to make allies beyond the alcohol control communities to start turning the tide?

Registration

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Place

The 9th European Alcohol Policy Conference will be held in Oslo, Norway. Adapting to the ever-changing COVID situation, this two-days conference will be an hybrid event, offering the possibility to join online or on sight in lovely Oslo.

Date

The 9th European Alcohol Policy Conference will take place on June 16 and 17, 2022.

Side events, including the Eurocare Annual General Meeting, will be organised either before or after the conference.

Venue

The 9th European Alcohol Policy Conference will be held at Meet Oslo, a wonderful modern, flexible and easy to reach venue via the Oslo metro line. Visit THIS PAGE to get more information about the venue and how to arrive there.