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16/07/2017

First WHO Forum on alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviours

Enhancing public health actions through partnerships and collaboration.

Eurocare Secretariat and several Board members were present at the Global Forum on alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviours (FADAB). This was the first Forum organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The Forum gathered around 250 people representing Member States, civil society, academic and research institutions and professional associations from around the world.

The primary goal was to enhance public health actions in these areas by strengthening partnerships and collaboration among public health oriented organizations, networks and institutions in the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDG 2030) – see http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/activities/fadab/event/en/.

The Forum provided an opportunity for a diverse group of stakeholders to build new and develop existing partnerships, networks and collaborative projects as well as discuss a variety of topics organized around three major thematic tracks:

  • Alcohol control and implementation of the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol endorsed by the World Health Assembly
  • Public health dimension of the world drug problem with a focus on health‑related operational recommendations endorsed by the special session of the UN General Assembly on the world drug problem
  • Public health implications of addictive behaviours

The forum was by invitation only.