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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Global Actions October 3, 2012

Key Recent Milestones: 

·         Colombia: Global Actions completed evaluation of sobriety checkpoints in Chia, Colombia. The checkpoints are part of phase two of the “Project Patrullero” campaign to reduce drink driving in the city. 

Global Actions in Focus: Global Actions Conference 

The first of its kind international conference on alcohol policy, Global Actions: Initiatives to Reduce Harmful Drinking will be held October 8 and 9, 2012 at the Capital Hilton hotel in Washington D.C. 

Participants from 45 countries representing over 140 different government, industry, and health organizations will be attending. 

More than two years after WHO’s adoption of the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol, the conference will take stock of industry actions in support of the strategy and deliver news about important future commitments being made for 2013 and beyond. 

On the first day of the two-day event, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations Tom Mboya Okeyo (in photo) and Brown-Forman Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Paul Varga will speak on “WHO Global Strategy: Making a Difference.” 

“This event will highlight our actions to reduce the abuse and misuse of beverage alcohol and underscores our commitment going forward,” said Varga. “While it is focused on industry’s role in addressing harmful drinking, we will benefit greatly from the viewpoints of a diversity of participants who share our concern.”

Conference keynote speakers include Pernod Ricard CEO Pierre Pringuet and Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito. Visit the event website for more information on speakers, conference agenda, and initiatives:

Follow the event Twitter feed @globalactions and visit our new ICAP Facebook page. Both will feature conference highlights and information before and during the event. 

What’s Happening Next:  

·         Canada: The 54th International Conference on Alcohol and Addiction hosted by the International Council on Alcohol and Addiction will be held in Montreal from November 12 to 15, 2012.