The Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, negotiated and agreed by WHO Member States in 2010 (Resolution WHA63.13), represents international consensus that reducing the harmful use of alcohol and its associated health and social burden is a public health priority.
Paragraph 3.d of decision 72(11) at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 requests the WHO Director-General to “report to the Seventy-third World Health Assembly in 2020, through the Executive Board, on the implementation of WHO’s global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol during the first decade since its endorsement, and the way forward”.
During the discussions at the 72nd World Health Assembly, the WHO Director-General committed that “the report will be elaborated in full consultation and engagement with Member States” and requested that this be reflected accordingly in the official records.
To this end, the WHO Secretariat hosted a web-based consultation from 24 October 2019 until 4 November 2019 on a discussion paper dated 21 October 2019. Member States, UN organizations and non-State actors were invited to submit their comments.
Alcohol Action Ireland’s submission was published today (8 Nov) on the WHO website.
We look forward to further dialogue with the WHO in the months ahead.
You can download our submission here