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Friday, December 2, 2011

Global Actions: December 1, 2011

Key Recent Milestones:

· In Nairobi, ICAP’s Ken Williams and Guillermo Cantor recently concluded their participation in Working Towards a Better Understanding of the Informal Alcohol Markets in Five Countries. The meeting explored the extent of the unrecorded alcohol market in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, and Rwanda.

Global Actions Spotlight:

Mexico Summit
Global Actions recently held a landmark summit in Mexico City. A joint effort of the Mexico Council for Injury Prevention (CONAPRA), the Police Department of Mexico City, the Mexico Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), and the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), Toward Zero Alcohol Deaths centered on traffic safety issues, with emphasis on drink driving prevention.

Attendees included law enforcement, traffic safety, and health professionals from across Mexico. Dr. Othon Sanchez Cruz of the Mexico City Police, Jalisco Legislative Deputy Director Jesus Casillas, ICAP’s Bill Georges, and John Sullivan of the New York State STOP-DWI Association presented on topics ranging from legislative issues, criminal activity and traffic safety, and developing comprehensive programs to reduce drink driving. Participants reviewed current trends, examined best practices, and will use information from the summit to assist them in planning efforts to combat drink driving.

“The summit was a significant launch of our efforts with representatives from jurisdictions across Mexico,” said ICAP Vice President Brett Bivans. “We have a shared commitment to work with all interested parties toward the goal of zero drink driving deaths.” Global Actions and our Mexico partners continue to work under the leadership of CONAPRA Secretary Dr. Arturo Cervantes Trejo to develop comprehensive programs that demonstrate long-term positive impact to reduce harmful drinking and can be replicated across the country.

What’s Happening Next:

· Miami: ICAP’s Industry Workshop for Latin America is taking place December 1-2, as part of our efforts to support industry engagement around the WHO Global Strategy. The meeting will bring together industry members from across Latin America