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WHO Executive Board recommends alcohol strategy to Assembly
On Friday 22 January the WHO Executive Board Session passed a resolution which recommends to the World Health Assembly (WHA) to endorse the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol.
The resolution adopted by the Executive Board for consideration by the WHA "affirms that the global strategy aims to give guidance for action at all levels; to set priority areas for global action; and that it is a portfolio of policy options and measures that could be considered for implementation and adjusted as appropriate at the national level, […]"
During the Executive Board there were three informal sessions of negotiations between interested member states and as a result the board recommends the World Health Assembly to endorse a slightly amended draft global strategy on harmful use of alcohol. The negotiations were reportedly held in a good atmosphere and the resolution was passed with consensus and overwhelming support expressed. The compromise revisions to the draft Global strategy are now available from the WHO web page following the process of preparing a draft global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol (see link below).