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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Global Actions April 25, 2012

Key Recent Milestones:

· Russia: ICAP held a second master class for stakeholders in Moscow in April and met with Social Projects, our partner NGO in the Global Actions drink driving initiative. We also finalized the date for a drink driving workshop in Russia, to be held on May 22.

Global Actions in Focus: Progress in CARICOM Region

The Caribbean countries that make up the CARICOM region are an area of focus for Global Actions’ Self-Regulation initiative.

We have been working closely with beverage alcohol producers to: build consensus about the need for self-regulation and codes that are customized for each market; offer training to industry members, trade associations, advertising agencies, regulatory bodies, and the media; and provide monitoring as deemed useful by local stakeholders.

Since 2010, the Regional Beverage Alcohol Alliance (RBAA) has worked to establish national beverage alcohol alliances in the CARICOM region. To date, the alliances are at various stages of completion in Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Suriname. RBAA is in the process of holding stakeholder consultations with the goal of establishing alliances in Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, and Belize.

“We are very pleased with the progress that has been made thus far in the CARICOM region in the area of Self-Regulation,” said ICAP’s Shushanna Mignott. “The Regional Beverage Alcohol Alliance has worked hard to develop Beverage Alcohol Alliances in the countries. This work is laying the foundation for the implementation of marketing Codes of Conduct and Code Review mechanisms in the coming months, which are critical to having an effective self-regulatory system.”

What’s Happening Next:

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