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22/01/2008

WHO adopts resolution requesting a Global Alcohol Strategy

Geneva, 22 January. The WHO Executive Board in its 122nd session has unanimously, after 3 amendments initiated by Cuba, recommended the World Health Assembly the adoption of a resolution requesting the WHO Director General to prepare a draft global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol that is based on all available evidence and existing best practices and that addresses relevant policy options, taking into account different national, religious and cultural contexts, including national public health problems, needs and priorities, and differences in Member States' resources, capacities and capabilities;

The draft global strategy will have to be composed of a set of proposed measures recommended for states to implement at the national level taking into account the national circumstances of each country;

The draft Strategy would have to be submitted to the Sixty-third World Health Assembly.

The text adopted by the WHO Executive Board is available at
http://www.ias.org.uk/newsroom/worldnews/B122_R2-en.pdf

Further reading:

Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol

http://www.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB122/B122_10-en.pdf

and corrigendum

http://www.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB122/B122_10Corr1-en.pdf