This special feature explores democracy in action in the alcohol policy movement. We report on the landmark decisions of the 70th Movendi International World Congress, including the World Congress Declaration, the new Strategic Plan, and the new International Board.

Democracy in Action as Movendi International World Congress Takes Landmark Decisions to Advance Alcohol Policy around the World

Movendi International, the largest independent global movement for development through alcohol prevention, held its 70th World Congress between September 25 and October 1, 2022.

114 delegates representing 70 Member Organizations from around the world came together virtually for a week of democratic decision making.

Global social movement calls for decade of action for alcohol policy

Together, they wrote the 70th World Congress Declaration calling for a decade of action for alcohol policy. 

From strength to strength: Movendi International members adopt ambitious new strategic plan after period of major advocacy successes

The members of Movendi International came together in the 70th World Congress and evaluated the Board Report about work in the past four years, deliberated Movendi International’s theory of change and adopted an improved Strategic Plan for Alcohol Prevention; they discussed the budget and membership fee structure; and they elected a new International Board.
In addition to the World Congress sessions, members joined for the Promising Practices Forum to learn from each other and exchange impactful best practices, and they engaged in three capacity building workshops.

Ambitious new Strategic Plan builds on achievements with long-term perspective

The virtual World Congress week was preceded by an extensive consultation period where members deliberated the theory of change, strategic plan, as well as budget.

During the World Congress session Movendi International adopted a new and ambitious four-year Strategic Plan based on a comprehensive theory of change.

The Strategic Plan comprises seven areas of strategic action:

With this ambitious new Strategic Plan, Movendi International aims to make alcohol prevention in general and alcohol policy in particular the priority it should be, to lead civil society and to foster transformative change for people, communities, societies, and our planet – all burdened by the harm caused by the products and practices of alcohol companies. 

Growing movement and momentum

Growth in membership
56 new organizations joined the Movendi International membership. Overall, this means an increase in membership of 22 organizations since September 2018.

The 70th World Congress also decided to approve the membership of 56 new organizations, while the membership of 34 organizations was terminated.

That is a growth in membership of 22 organizations in four years – another clear sign of momentum and broad interest in the work that Movendi International is doing.

Movendi International is now 141 Member Organizations strong, with heart-driven work in 54 countries.

New International Board with expert leaders from around the world

On the final day of the World Congress, delegates elected a new International Board.

The International Board oversees the strategic development of Movendi International’s work and the full implementation of the Strategic Plan for Alcohol Prevention 2022-2026. It is the highest decision-making body in Movendi International between the World Congress session. The International Board consists of nine leaders from among the Movendi International membership.