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The harmful use of alcohol is a major risk factor for NCDs and an obstacle to sustainable development in High-, Middle and Low-Income countries. Alcohol-related harm is fueling the vicious cycle of poverty, ill-health and inequalities affecting people, families, entire communities and populations. With the WHO Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol and with harmful use of alcohol as an important factor in both the NCD agenda and in Agenda 2030; now is the time to scale up global support for actions at all levels to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm.


  • To highlight the most recent data on alcohol-related harm presented in the WHO Global status report on alcohol and health 2018

  • To offer country examples of cutting-edge interventions to counter this

  • To introduce SAFER - a new WHO-led global initiative with key partners aiming to reduce the harmful use of alcohol

  • create space for comments and discussion to build momentum and inspire action


  • Opening remarks:

Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General

H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka

  • Keynote addresses

  • Country experiences

  • Introducing SAFER

  • Interventions from co-hosts/supporters

  • Closing remarks

Invited speakers:

Dr Samo Fakin, Minister of Health, Slovenia

Prof. Emeritus Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Minister of Public Health, Thailand

Dr Aurelijus Veryga, Minister of Health of Lithuania

Dr Francisco Tiongson Duque III, Minister of Health, Philippines

Mrs Yldiz Pollack-Beighle, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Suriname

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka

Dr Oleg Salagay, Deputy Minister of Health, Russian Federation

Dr Johan Carlson, Director General, The Public Health Agency, Sweden

Ms Maris Jesse, Deputy Secretary General on Health, Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia

Dr Poonam Khetrapal, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Programme the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland


James Chau, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for SDGs and Health

RSVP by 22 September 2018


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