Global Alcohol Policy Alliance Conference 2015

IBC and Blue Cross Member organizations discussing best policy options

More than 20 participants from Blue Cross member organizations around the world joined the International Blue Cross in Edinburgh for the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance conference. IBC’s key message focused on how NGOs can work closely with governments and other partners to influence alcohol policies at the national level. Blue Cross Lesotho and Blue Cross Chad both presented the steps taken at their local and national level to influence the current draft alcohol policies for their respective nations. Another key message given by General Secretary Anne Babb was need for individuals and partners focussed on global health issues to recognize how consumers, particularly youth, are negatively affected by the advertising and sponsorship campaigns of the powerful alcohol industry. You can read more about the conference by visiting the website.

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