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Press releases

26Mar2020
STATEMENT OF CONCERN REGARDING THE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Major alcohol producers have announced their commitment to helping fight the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Alcohol producers are shifting production to make hand sanitizers. While this is welcome, there are several reasons for caution and concern. In this statement of concern, Movendi International addresses three aspects that show worrying developments. We also make three calls for urgent action to mitigate alcohol harm during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Movendi International is gravely concerned about free PR and extensive media coverage of a health harmful industry; we are worried about preferential treatment of alcohol producers by regulators that might foment alcohol harm; and we are seriously concerned about the deregulation and weakening alcohol policy protections. In response, Movendi International makes a call to action on three issues...

20Feb2020
The Gaping Hole in the Stockholm Declaration for Road Safety

Joint media release of alcohol prevention and road safety civil society groups. Civil society groups express deep concern about the complete and inexplicable omission of alcohol control measures from the Stockholm Declaration on Road Safety...

4Sep2019
Europe’s Alcohol Epidemic And What To Do About It

Brand new WHO Europe alcohol status report 2019 illustrates the high burden of alcohol across the region and that alcohol use and related harms are not declining at an acceptable rate. In response, IOGT International is calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy, for an updated and improved Action Plan on alcohol in the WHO European region, and for a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control...

15Feb2019
Not A Love Story: Heineken In Africa

IOGT International welcomes the new book “Heineken in Africa” (first time published in English) and calls for stronger action to hold Big Alcohol accountable for pervasive Human Rights abuses...

28Sep2018
WHO Launches SAFER Alcohol Control Initiative To Curb Alcohol Harm

The World Health Organization (WHO) today released SAFER, a new initiative and technical package outlining five high-impact strategies that can help governments reduce the harmful use of alcohol and related health, social and economic consequences. SAFER is the newest WHO-led roadmap to support governments in taking practical steps to accelerate progress on health, beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) through addressing the harmful use of alcohol, and achieve development targets...

24Sep2018
Trouble Brewing

Alcohol is a leading contributor to death and disability worldwide, but governments haven’t responded to the issue with the attention, resources and action this urgent issue requires, says “Trouble Brewing,” a new report from global health and development organizations, Vital Strategies, the NCD Alliance, IOGT International and the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA). The report debunks misconceptions about alcohol use, exposes industry tactics to market to youth and women and derail regulation, and emphasizes the urgency of implementing proven, evidence-based policies...

21Sep2018
It’s Time To Deliver On Alcohol Control

Brand new WHO report on alcohol contains good news but paints overall gloomy picture. The WHO Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, released today at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, shows some positive developments concerning alcohol harm and alcohol policy formulation and implementation but also clearly depicts that countries are falling short of their commitment to protect their people from pervasive alcohol harm...

10May2018
Welcoming New Alcohol Taxes In Peru

The government of Peru has just introduced new taxes to address harms caused by alcohol, tobacco and sugar-sweetened beverages. IOGT International welcomes these new measures and commends the Peruvian government for their leadership to protect the health and wellbeing of their people...

9Mar2018
After Meeting, Concerns Remain About Global Fund And Heineken Partnership

The inappropriate partnership between the Global Fund and Heineken was the topic of discussion between Marijke Wijnroks, Interim Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and representatives of IOGT International, the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance, and NCD Alliance last Friday in Geneva. During the meeting the civil society representatives underscored concerns over the partnership expressed in a public letter on 1 February...

8Sep2017
Big Alcohol Misleads Public On Their Products’ Cancer Risks

A brand new study presents evidence illustrating that the alcohol industry is misleading the public over their products’ cancer risks. The new study shows that the alcohol industry and their front groups are working to misrepresent scientific evidence about alcohol-related cancer risks. The tactics they use to do so are very similar to those of the tobacco industry, according to new research published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review...

28Nov2016
Over 450 European, Canadian Civil Society Groups Urge Legislators To Reject CETA

IOGT International together with over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today urged legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament. Should EU parliamentarians give the trade deal the green light, ratification votes in EU member states would follow...

26Sep2016
A Call To Free Europe’s Youth From Health-Harmful Marketing

Today, nearly 40 childrens’ rights, family, consumer, public health, alcohol control, and medical organizations - among them IOGT International - launched a joint call to Members of the European Parliament for ambitious action to free Europe’s children, youth and parents from aggressive marketing of products harmful to health and future well-being...

4Aug2016
IOGT Endorses VNGOC Statement On Situation In The Philippines

IOGT International fully supports the statement made by the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs, in response to the recent violent, extra-judicial killings of and attacks against suspected drug users, often poor and marginalized people in the Philippines...

26May2016
Civil Society: NO To Corporate Capture Of WHO

At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, IOGT International and other civil society organizations have expressed their concerns about the proposed Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). Together they issued a press release and statement that was addressed to the Member States of the WHO...

26Jan2016
Civil Society Warns Of Corporate Capture Of WHO

Over 50 public interest non governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations and social movements have sent an open letter to WHO’s Executive Board members – who are meeting this week in WHO’s headquarters in Geneva. The NGOs call for an end to the tortured process of the development of a proposed “Framework for Engagement with Non State Actors” (FENSA) that from the start, 4 years ago, has been set on the wrong track...

12Oct2015
New Beer Behemoth Serious Threat To Global Health And Sustainable Development

Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, the two biggest beer producers in the world, have agreed on terms for a gigantic deal to merge both companies. The merger is set to create a beer behemoth responsible for one in three beers sold worldwide. This deal has to be viewed as a major threat to global health and sustainable development...

9Oct2015
IOGT Endorses GAPC2015 Declaration

IOGT International fully endorses the declaration of the Global Alcohol Policy Conference. This declaration was adopted at the closing of the Global Alcohol Policy Conference “Momentum for Change: Research and Advocacy Reducing Alcohol Harm”, in Edinburgh, Scotland, October 7 to 9, 2015...

12Feb2015
The Hidden Human Rights Crisis

Silently suffering by the millions - children of alcoholics need and deserve better efforts from society to protect, support and empower them. As the Children of Alcoholics Week is coming to an end civil society leaders call in a joint press release for stronger efforts to not leave children of alcoholics isolated and alone...

3Feb2015
Alcohol Causes Cancer. What Are We Going To Do About It?

IOGT International, along with several global partners and in recognition of World Cancer Day, calls on nations to recognize the connection between alcohol use and cancer, which has been known by scientists at least since the 1980’s. Joining IOGT International is the US Alcohol Policy Alliance, the New York Alcohol Policy Alliance, the Harlem Health Promotion Center of Columbia University, and the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness...

7Mar2014
Stepping Up Together For Women And Girls

On International Women’s Day IOGT International and member organizations from around the world are rallying to step up actions under this year’s theme “Equality for women is progress for all”...

Open letters

9Apr2020
Time to Rally Behind the World Health Organization

The unprecedented outbreak of the new coronavirus once again places the WHO at the centre of global public action for health. US President Donald Trump’s serious accusations, disgraceful campaigning and threats of withholding WHO funding can only be understood as a blame-game by a government that scapegoats others for its own lack of responsibility and failure to prevent and manage the crisis. We condemn this tirade against WHO as baseless and unacceptable, particularly in such a critical situation that requires solidarity. The WHO is not perfect, and its scientific, normative and policy-orientation functions need to be strengthened. It is high time all WHO member states acknowledge and support the immense value of the organization in comprehensively tackling the health challenges ahead of us due to climate change, and other threats, instead of using their own mistakes as an excuse to further weaken the organization’s leading role in safeguarding global health...

26Feb2020
U.S. Congress – Protect Global Health!

The U.S. administration's proposal to cut global health funds by $3 billion and slash U.S. funds to the World Health Organization in half will leave millions sicker. Movendi International joins 17 organizations calling on the U.S. Congress to reject these proposed cuts...

19Sep2019
From Promises To Progress On Health For All

Movendi International joined the NCD Alliance and more than 130 other organizations in this open letter to world leaders ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. We ask that governments use the opportunity in New York to demonstrate leadership for the prevention of early death, pain and financial strain inflicted by NCDs on countries worldwide. We ask our governments to deploy tried and tested measures to improve wellbeing and reduce NCD mortality in line with commitments for 2025 and 2030, to include NCD prevention and care in UHC benefit packages, and to ensure no one is pushed into poverty by their health needs...

8Mar2019
Don’t Poison Our Rights

Open Letter to call for an end of the partnership between Diageo, the world's second largest liquor producer and the International Women's Day, and to put an end to Big Alcohol attempting to poison Women's Rights...

24Aug2018
For A Comprehensive Alcohol Law To Promote Health And Development In Vietnam

Open Letter In Support Of Comprehensive Alcohol Law To Promote Health, Development In Vietnam 69th IOGT International World Congress expresses solidarity with people of Vietnam and strongly supports alcohol policy efforts in open letter to Prime Minister, Health Minister, and National Assembly Chair...

13Mar2018
Joint Open Letter: Concern About UNITAR Partnering With Alcohol Giant

A large and diverse group of international public health, road safety, academic and development organizations are respectfully calling on The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), to end a newly formed partnership with, the world’s largest beer producer, AB InBev...

6Mar2017
The WHO We Want and the Leadership WHO Needs

Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) are about to elect a new Director General (DG) to lead the organisation in a world characterized by mounting challenges with profound health implications. As civil society organizations (CSOs), we have no direct role in deciding who will lead the WHO into this uncertain future. Yet, we are fully aware that actions of the new DG will have an impact on everyone. This scenario makes the question as to what criteria will determine the result of the vote a compelling one. WHO is at a crossroads: at stake are its credibility, legitimacy, and capacity to play the directing role in matters of international health. We call on governments to select the future DG based on objective consideration of the candidate’s vision of the common good and the public interest. We ask member states to scrutinize each candidate’s individual capacity to tackle the requirements of the organization...

28Nov2016
European, Canadian Civil Society Groups Call For Rejection Of CETA

IOGT International, together with over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today urged legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament. Should EU parliamentarians give the trade deal the green light, ratification votes in EU member states would follow...

13Jun2016
Joint Open Letter: Reaction To F1 & Its Heineken Sponsorship Deal

Together with a broad range of civil society organizations from around the world, IOGT International addresses FIA President, requisitions to take the issue seriously and consider moving away from these sponsorship agreements, as was done with tobacco sponsorship. FIA is not without responsibilities, being the governing body of F1 and also being one of the shareholders in the sport...

26Jan2016
Joint Open Letter: Civil Society Has No Confidence In Stalled FENSA Process

We the undersigned members of public interest non governmental organisations, civil society organisations and social movements wish to address you on the critical issue of the integrity, independence, and credibility of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its ability to fulfill its constitutional mandate...

29Sep2015
Calling Foul On UNICEF And David Beckham

Open Letter to UNICEF calling to end the collaboration with Mr. Beckham as “Good Will Ambassador” and urge UNICEF to take a stronger and more robust stance on addressing the global epidemic of alcohol harm burdening children, their rights and well-being. Mr. Beckham is a global icon that has wide appeal among children worldwide. Surely, UNICEF knows that, relies on that and seeks to harness that for UNICEF’s noble goals. But so does the alcohol industry – for promoting their harmful products that evidently contribute to burdening children and youth. Diageo has opposing interests. For Diageo, children are not rights-holders but future bottle holders, frequent customers and loyal brand affiliates. In this context, IOGT International is deeply worried about the fact that Mr. Beckham was chosen to present the “voices of youth” – when one of his business partners continues to lobby aggressively against the Best Interest of the Child, against the well-being and protection of the most vulnerable. Being mindful of the evidence of how big a burden alcohol puts on the world’s children, and being acutely aware of the active role Diageo and its allies are playing in opposing any measure that would substantially reduce that burden, IOGT International calls out Mr. Beckham's lack of credibility and legitimacy as UNICEF Good Will Ambassador in general and as presenter of “the voices of youth” at the United Nations in particular...

23Oct2013
Opposing to TPP Fast-Track in the USA

Joint Open Letter by NGO Coalition to the US Congress: Opposing to TPP Fast-Track in the USA. “We request that you oppose any legislation that would renew fast-track or trade promotion authority. Agreements such as the TPP require transparency  and input from all affected stakeholders, and a fast-track process would not permit Congress to provide that essential feedback …”

6Feb2013
Calling For A New EU Alcohol Strategy

IOGT International encourages Commissioner Borg to extend his view to the havoc alcohol is wreaking in the European economy: early onset of alcohol use and intoxication in young people predicts school drop-out and thus unemployment; the report "Alcohol in Europe” that was commissioned by the EU in 2006 clearly shows the negative impact of alcohol use on the productivity and the Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum has pointed to the negative effects alcohol has at the workplace; the tangible costs of alcohol to the European society are €156 Billion every year. The Member States of the European Union have recognized this and ask for a new EU Alcohol Strategy. In the European Union of 2013, hit hard by an economic crisis that is turning into a social crisis, we need an EU Alcohol Strategy that addresses the tremendous negative impact on the economy and social fabric...