75th WHA: Statement on the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol

June 7, 2022

75th WHA: Statement on the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol

June 7, 2022

We were part of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) delegation at the 75th World Health Assembly in May 2022 in Geneva. We attended many exciting side events and collaborated with IPSF on a statement on the WHA agenda item 14.1 (g); Draft action plan (2022–2030) to effectively implement the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol as a public health priority.

Read the full statement below.

Honourable Chair, distinguished delegates,
Since the endorsement of the global plan by the 63rd WHA in May 2010, we find no tangible progress in reducing total global alcohol consumption per capita very concerning. Although we recognise the decline in the number of drinkers, mortality from alcohol consumption remains higher than from diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and diabetes.
International Pharmaceutical Students Federation, supported by the International Youth Health Organization, strongly encourages the WHO and its Member States to institute a stronger effort to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. IPSF and YHO applaud the draft action plan and call on Member States to reduce the use of alcohol by the youth through progressive best buys strategies, monitoring of existing legislation while ensuring meaningful youth engagement at the local, regional and global levels. Additionally, we also call on WHO to declare a statement of disapproval on the involvement of alcohol industry in WHO projects similar to that of tobacco industry.
Thank you.