Management of substance abuse

First WHO global counterparts meeting on alcohol

In May 2010, the Sixty-third World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA63.13 which endorsed the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol. That strategy envisages a network of national counterparts who would oversee implementation of the Global Strategy in their countries and who would gather regularly at regional or global meetings for “technical discussion” of the implementation of the strategy at different levels.

The inaugural meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of WHO National Counterparts for Implementation of the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol took place at WHO headquarters in Geneva on 8–11 February 2011. The inaugural meeting brought together national counterparts from 126 Member States of WHO, as well as from the European Commission.

Specific objectives of the meeting was to:

  • inaugurate the global network of WHO national counterparts for implementation of the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol;
  • establish the working mechanisms and plans for the global network;
  • elaborate priority areas and implementation plans for reducing the harmful use of alcohol at the global level;
  • discuss priority areas and plans for implementing the global strategy at the regional level;
  • discuss monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the global strategy at different levels;
  • launch the Global status report on alcohol and health 2011.