Friday 30 March 2012
GAPA is calling on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to reinstate a target to reduce per capita alcohol consumption in the monitoring framework and targets for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Until now, alcohol has maintained its position within WHO among the major risk factors for NCDs, following recommendations made at the UN high-level meeting on NCDs in September 2011.
The first draft of the WHO monitoring framework and targets including an exposure target to achieve a 10% relative reduction in per capita consumption of litres of pure alcohol among persons aged 15+ years.
In the latest WHO discussion paper this target has been omitted.
The WHO is inviting relevant NGOs and other agencies to respond to the consultation on the NCD monitoring framework and targets by 19th April 2012. Details can be found on the WHO web page
We urge NGOs to respond to this consultation calling for the per capita consumption of alcohol target to be reinstated.
To view the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance consultation response click here (pdf 103kb).