Side Events

Alcohol policy as catalyst for sustainable development. Understanding alcohol as obstacle to development and advancing evidence-based solutions

  • Contact: Maik Dünnbier, Movendi International,

  • Moderator: Jeff Collin.

  • Time: Sunday March 8, 2020 – half day 13:00 - 17:00.

  • Open to all GAPC participants.

Alcohol is a major obstacle to development. The alcohol industry is a significant vector of under-development, including social, health, environmental and economic harm. Alcohol is in fact adversely affecting 14 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, curbing across the entire Agenda 2030. This also means that the benefits of addressing alcohol as obstacle to development are substantial in multiple policy areas. 

This pre-conference side event seeks to deepen the understanding of how and to what extent alcohol and the alcohol industry are hindering sustainable human development; the event further aims to provide space for discussion to learn from local examples of alcohol as obstacle to development and of concrete actions to solve these problems; the third goal of this event is to explore evidence-based solutions and inspire action to help promote development through alcohol prevention and control.

The event is designed to facilitate interactive discussion and exchange of best practices, experiences and local case stories to both help deepen the understanding of alcohol as obstacle to development in all its forms and of alcohol prevention and control as catalyst for development.

With this event we explore and answer the questions why the 2030 Agenda matters for alcohol prevention and control, and why alcohol matters in the 2030 Agenda. We analyse the opportunities that the new infrastructure of the SDGs provides and which potential for the SDGs there might be through addressing alcohol harm. Read more

NCD Advocacy Institute - applying insights from across NCD prevention to promote alcohol policy change 

  • Contact: Lucy Westerman, NCD Alliance,

  • Time: Thursday March 12, 2020 – half day – morning.

  • Open to all GAPC participants.

With 2020 an important juncture for global alcohol policy, a strong, mobilised, coherent and coordinated civil society will contribute to effectively advocating for policy change globally and in countries. This half-day NCD Advocacy Institute workshop will strengthen the knowledge and skills of participants to engage in effective advocacy drawing on insights from across NCD prevention and control. The workshop will provide tips for campaign planning & strategising; will share examples and lessons learned from across the NCD movement - particularly those relevant from advocacy on other NCD risk factors in different countries; and will help prime action at country level with activities including strategic stakeholder and opportunity mapping, identification of advocacy targets and objectives, skills to communicate with decision makers, and tools to hold governments to account for commitments, as well as to recognise and manage interests at odds with public health objectives. The workshop will also provide participants with resources and tools to support advocacy for stronger alcohol control policies and implementation of WHO’s SAFER technical package for alcohol control.

Monitoring and evaluation of policy - International Alcohol Control Policy Evaluation Study

  • Contact: Perihan Torun, Turkish Green Crescent Society,

  • Time: Thursday March 12, 2020 – half day – morning.

  • Open to all GAPC participants. 

The International Alcohol Control Study (the IAC study) is the first ever international study of alcohol use and alcohol policy relevant behaviours. The overall objective is to measure the impacts of national or state level alcohol control policies. Two tools have been developed as part of the IAC study. One is a general population survey of alcohol consumption and policy relevant behaviour. The second is the Alcohol Environment Protocol (AEP) which provides an online tool to document legislation and impact on the ground of alcohol policies. This latter tool provides a relatively inexpensive way for countries to monitor policy change over time and compare their alcohol policy status with other countries.

The side event aims to present an overview of the findings of the IAC study and discuss their use as evidence to support advocacy for policy change.

Vital Role of Youth in the Advocacy for Alcohol Prevention and Control

  • Contact: Omnia El Omrani (International Federation of Medical Students Association). 

  • Time: Thursday March 12, 2020 – 13:00 - 16:00.

  • Open to all GAPC participants.

Adolescents and youth are a powerful catalyst for change within the society through being a natural partner for preventing NCDs. The WHO estimates that 70% of premature deaths in adults are the result of behaviors begun during adolescence and youth, such as a significant 13.6% of adolescents partaking in heavy episodic alcohol use. In addition, youth are disproportionately affected by alcohol, especially harm from others’ alcohol use.

Our side-event aims to provide youth with the advocacy tools to address their government and decision-makers to take urgent action for the prevention of early initiation and onset of alcohol use and wider alcohol harm, such as effective legislative measures regarding alcohol taxation and pricing policies, alcohol advertising, promotions and sponsorships, and alcohol availability as well as other cost-effective interventions that help protect children, adolescents and youth.


We also plan to equip youth with the knowledge and skills to influence the behavior of their own demographic and v.

  • Concrete examples from around the world of youth advocacy and campaigning in alcohol prevention and control. 

  • Advocacy + Activity Management 101.

  • WGs to develop your own activity.

  • Commit to one activity you will do back in your own country.


Organised by: 

  • Movendi International

  • International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA)

  • European Medical Students Association (EMSA)

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