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Friday, May 25, 2012

Global Actions May 24, 2012

Key Recent Milestones:

· Colombia: Global Actions has been invited to participate as a key stakeholder in Colombia’s “Mesa por la Vida: Recuperación Integral de la Zona Rosa.” The project focuses on improving the safety of Bogota’s nightlife by promoting moderate alcohol consumption and working to reduce underage drinking, public drinking, drink driving, and noncommercial alcohol consumption.

Global Actions in Focus: Vietnam

Global Actions Vietnam held its first Noncommercial Alcohol workshop in April 2012 in Hanoi, “Production, Consumption, and Use of Noncommercial Alcohol in Vietnam.”

Co-sponsored by the Vietnam Beer Alcohol Beverage Association (VBA), the event featured a discussion of the state of unrecorded alcohol in Vietnam and remarks from experts in the research field, including VBA Chairman Dr. Nguyen Van Viet.

Institute for Population and Social Studies (IPSS) Vice Director Dr. Luu Bich spoke on findings from National Economic University (NEU) and ICAP’s 2011 qualitative survey in Bac Ninh, Quang Binh, and Tien Giang provinces. ICAP’s Brett Bivans remarked on the noncommercial alcohol issue globally, highlighting the need for continuing assessment and solutions.

In addition to the successful noncommercial alcohol workshop, Global Actions continues to see steady progress in the drink driving initiative.

“The Da Nang project team has well applied the combination of education and enforcement activities with the knowledge gained from our capacity-building workshops,” said Global Actions Country Manager Lan Huong Nguyen.

In April 2012, Global Actions worked with the Da Nang Traffic Police Department to implement the most recent drink driving education campaign. We also worked with the Traffic Safety Committee to produce leaflets, panels, and a manual of traffic safety named “Prevention of Harmful Drinking While Driving” that will be distributed to the Da Nang public.

What’s Happening Next:

· Mexico: ICAP’s Brett Bivans is speaking on the topic of responsible marketing of beverage alcohol through compliance monitoring at the CONAR-CIVyL Signing Ceremony on May 24. ICAP is also set to launch the Global Actions campaign “Towards zero drink- driving deaths in Puebla” on May 30.