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When the Council of the World Medical Association met in Oslo, a special thematic session on the ban of alcohol advertising was part of the agenda. Such a ban is a controversial topic globally but well accepted in Norway. That was the mixed message from the two invited expert speakers.
Invitation to seminar/meeting in Oslo 5 May:
WHO, UNDP, Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services and FORUT invite interested parties to a one day meeting in Oslo to examine the experience from a joint global initiative to integrate efforts to reduce harmful use of alcohol, gender-based violence and HIV.
ALMA study on alcohol in Malawi
Two articles eminating from the ALMA study of alcohol in Malawi has been published. Liquor sachets is the topic of one of them, while the other explores the social drinking norms. The research was conducted by Norwegian and Malawian researchers.
A full plenary session was devoted to "Alternative development" at the UNGASS preparatory meetings in Vienna, along with a number of side-events giving practical examples from the field. Alternative development projects aim to provide sustainable livelihoods to those communities, and also target those that engaged in illicit cultivation in the past or are vulnerable to starting illicit cultivation in the future.
New FORUT publication advocates
Governments and NGOs should reject the simplistic debate choice, that it’s either drug legalization or a war on drugs, concludes FORUT in a new drug policy publication. Instead, they should focus on the “third way”; a broad, balanced and human drug policy within the framework of the existing UN drug conventions and with prevention as priority number one.
Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland from 7-9 October 2015:
With the title "Momentum for change: research and advocacy reducing alcohol harm" the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) and Alcohol Focus Scotland are co-hosting the Global Alcohol Policy Conference which will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 7-9 October 2015.