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AWARH 2020: Alcohol and Cancer Event


The focus in this event will be the links between alcohol and cancer and the forthcoming Europe Beating Cancer Plan. In conjunction with this event, WHO Europe is also launching its new factsheet for policy makers, Alcohol and Cancer in the WHO European Region.

AWARH 2020: Alcohol and COVID-19 Event


In April, the WHO Regional Offices for Europe, the Americas (PAHO) and the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) released important guidance and advice on alcohol and COVID-19. With the new factsheet WHO reminded people that consuming alcohol does not protect them from COVID-19, and encouraged governments to enforce measures which limit alcohol consumption.

AWARH 2020: Alcohol and Sustainable Development


Alcohol is a major obstacle to sustainable development, adversely affecting 14 of 17 SDGs.
The focus in this event is on how evidence-based alcohol policies can contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Europe. In conjunction with this event, WHO Europe is also launching its new factsheet for policy makers "Alcohol consumption and sustainable development" and there will also be a presentation of a new Special Issue Alcohol Control Policy and Health in Europe of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

World Health Organization Regional Committee Meetings: Europe

The WHO Regional Committee for Europe is WHO's decision-making body in the European Region. The seventy-first session will be held virtually from September 13 to 15, 2021. Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region as well as partner organizations and civil society will meet virtually to discuss current health issues and set the direction for future activities. This 71st session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC71) will converge around delivering the WHO European Programme of Work 2020–2025 (EPW) – “United Action for Better Health in Europe”, which was adopted last year.

WHO Europe RCM Alcohol Policy Side Event – Tackling the Gap Between Evidence and Policy Action

This side event will highlight the huge gap between evidence and policy action in the European Region and the need to scale up the implementation of relevant measures in order to reduce the burden of disease stemming from alcohol. It is organized by WHO Europe on the margin of the 71st session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC71) and is co-hosted by Czechia. 

WHO Europe Symposium and Launch of a New Regional Alcohol Policy Signature Initiative

Vilnius, Lithuania Vilnius, Lithuania

At the symposium, high-level representatives from Member States, the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will discuss the emerging evidence and how WHO-recommended measures and quality data can inform public health policies at national, regional and global levels.
WHO/Europe will launch its NCD Advisory Council Signature Initiative on alcohol tax during a symposium in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Women, Alcohol Consumption and the COVID-19 Pandemic

This webinar will discuss issues related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women's health and how alcohol marketing, policies and interventions have affected them during this period in terms of alcohol consumption, as well as their implications for equity and the building of health systems that are responsive to gender differences and the needs of women across their life span.

PAHO, WHO & Vital Strategies Webinar: Safeguarding Public Health

The objective of this webinar is to support decision-makers who protect effective alcohol regulations by raising awareness of conflicts of interests, summarizing the current evidence on interference from the alcohol industry in public health policy as well as discuss best practices.