Page last updated: February 4, 2013
World Health Organisation updates

European Alcohol Action Plan

The World Health Organisation’s European Alcohol Action Plan (EAAP) 2012-2020 is designed to implement the Global Alcohol Strategy adopted by the World Health Assembly.

In parallel, the UN/WHO Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is being developed.

The UK European Alcohol Action Plan document and the “Health 2020 Resolution” was adopted in September 2012 The initial draft included a target of 10% reduction in alcohol consumption. The adopted resolution has no references to target setting.

Global Monitoring Framework

WHO Member States have agreed on the first ever global monitoring framework to fight Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) during a meeting in November in Geneva.  The overall global voluntary target is to reduce by 2025 premature death and mortality due to NCDs by 25%.

NCDs, also known as chronic diseases, are of long duration and generally slow progression causing a considerable cost to the public expenditure. World Economic Forum and Harvard School of Public Health estimated that NCDs will cause economic output loss of US$ 47 trillion over the next two decades. NCDs kill more than 36 million people each year of which 14 million are under the age of 70 years old.

The proposed framework includes 9 voluntary global targets and 25 indicators to prevent and control NCDs such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases.

The global monitoring framework will now be considered first by the WHO Executive Board during its 132nd session in January 2013 and then be submitted to the World Health Assembly in May 2013 for consideration and adoption.

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