New IOGT International booklet (pdf) released: Alcohol Policy for the New Urban Agenda – Promoting safe, inclusive, enabling and diverse public spaces to help build healthy cities for sustainable development.
New Urban Agenda
The New Urban Agenda is a unique opportunity to forge a coordinated approach to promoting healthy lifestyles and urban environments that enable well-being because the cities are increasingly impacting the whole of humanity, including the sustainable development agenda.
Alcohol harm – obstacle to sustainable urban livelihoods
Alcohol harm, is a major obstacle to creating and sustaining healthy, safe, inclusive, and diverse public spaces – this way undermining the building of sustainable urban livelihoods and sustainable development.
Evidence shows that alcohol is a tremendous obstacle to women’s safety and freedom in public space. Evidence also shows that alcohol-related exclusion from public space is a tremendous obstacle to adolescent’s health and well-being.
This booklet outlines the evidence and puts forward concrete, evidence-based, high-impact and cost-effective solutions.
Enabling public space is about the absence of violence and the presence of opportunity to engage in creative ways with different people and ideas. The New Urban Agenda needs to address this in order to foster participatory urban societies.
Alcohol Policy solutions for the New Urban Agenda
Alcohol policy measures should be part of the New Urban Agenda. They help facilitate:
- Access to public space for a larger amount of vulnerable groups,
- Quantity of public spaces in a given community, and
- Quality of public spaces – also known as healthy public spaces.