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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Global Actions: Commitments to Reduce Harmful Drinking - Aug 1 2013

Global Actions in Focus
Progress in Colombia initiatives
On July 29, 2013, Global Actions hosted a meeting in Bogotá, Colombia with Commitments signatory companies Bavaria/SABMiller, Pernod Ricard, and Diageo to assess and evaluate Colombia’s ongoing projects, challenges and future plans. Participants also discussed transitioning the programs to local sustainability.
Representatives from ICAP, SABMiller, Pernod Ricard, and Diageo meet to discuss the Global Actions Drink Driving Initiative in Colombia
Progress continues in cities including Chia, Yumbo, and Quibdó. In May 2013 the Global Actions Drink Drive Initiative hosted a workshop for law enforcement and transit authority officials in Chia. Also in May, 163 individuals participated in drink driving seminars in Yumbo, and reviewed Colombian drink driving laws and sobriety checkpoint best practices.
On July 30, 2013, Global Actions signed a cooperation agreement with the city of Quibdó to work on Phase Two of the Patrullero Project. Future activities in Quibdó include a baseline alcohol and substance abuse study among students, and increasing the effectiveness and frequency of sobriety checkpoints in collaboration with the Secretary of Mobility and Transit Police. Diageo will also present the DRINK iQ program to university students in Quibdó.
Channel Research, the independent evaluators for the Global Actions Drink Driving Initiatives, will conduct a third site visit to Colombia the week of August 12, 2013. The evaluators will be accompanied by International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) Program Manager Shushanna Mignott and will be speaking with signatory representatives and stakeholders to discuss progress on the drink driving initiatives. Previous site visits were conducted in China and Mexico in April and May of this year, respectively.
Key Recent Milestones
· Vietnam: Global Actions and the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) held a public awareness campaign workshop in Vinh City, Vietnam, on July 29 and 30, 2013.
What's Happening Next
· Mexico: During the week of August 5, 2013, ICAP will partner with the Secretary General of Government (SGG), the Secretary of the Public Education (SEP) of Puebla, and the System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of Puebla to pilot drink driving training for the freshmen of Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica (CONALEP).