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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Global Actions, April 18, 2012

Key Recent Milestones:

· China: Global Actions began training police on conducting roadside breath alcohol surveys on April 16 for the drink driving initiative in Nanjing.

Global Actions in Focus: October 2012 Conference

ICAP has announced that registration is now available for the international conference Global Actions: Initiatives to Reduce Harmful Drinking in Washington, D.C. on October 8 and 9, 2012.

The event will feature presentations of industry-sponsored initiatives from around the world in support of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol.

A provisional agenda is now available on the conference website. Speakers will be announced closer to the date.

“This conference is the first of its kind globally,” said ICAP President Marcus Grant. “Since WHO adopted the Global Strategy in 2010, there hasn’t been an opportunity to take stock of what has been done by governments, industry, civil society, and other key stakeholders. This conference will be the first chance for the international community to assess what has been achieved, particularly when it comes to industry actions.”

Agenda highlights include participation from CEOs of major alcohol producers in sessions dedicated to topics such as: conflicts of interest; evaluation of initiatives; the roles of developers, producers, distributers, and sellers; and multi-stakeholder cooperation.

What’s Happening Next:

· Worldwide: With United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) special consultative status, ICAP staff will be attending the United Nations Commission on Population and Development session from April 23 to 27 in New York.

· Vietnam: The Global Actions workshop “Production, Consumption, and Use of Noncommercial Alcohol” is scheduled for April 27 in Hanoi.