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Southern African Alcohol Policy Forum

6-8 November 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa

Blue Cross Norway, FORUT, and The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance will organise an international alcohol policy forum, drawing participants from relevant civil society organisations in the Southern African region. The purpose of the forum is to promote the WHO strategies on evidence-based alcohol policies in the Southern African Region.

Background
In 2010, the World Health Organization adopted a Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol. Almost at the same time, the WHO Regional Committee for Africa endorsed the Reduction of the harmful use of alcohol: A strategy for the WHO African Region. In these documents, ambitions are set forth to prevent and reduce the harmful use of alcohol.

Objective
By drawing together NGOs and researchers in the alcohol policy field, the forum aims to increase the knowledge of evidence-based alcohol policies and to support the implementation of the global and regional alcohol policy strategies. We will focus on building capacity and knowledge on these policies and and on strengthening regional networks in order to effectively counteract policy initiatives of the alcohol industry. Furthermore, we will share our experiences, and focus on learning from each other’s work.

Working Methods

  • Input from experts
  • Interactive group sessions,
  • Presentations from country representatives
  • Round table discussions

Participants will be requested to prepare themselves for the forum by collecting information in their home countries on issues related to the various programme items.

Time and place
November 6th – 8th, Mannah Executive Lodge and Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Confirmation
Please confirm your participation to Mr. Øystein Bakke: oystein@forut.no

Registered participants will receive updated information before the event.

We look forward to receive your confirmation before 25th of October.
 



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