SAFER and RESET Alcohol knowledge and practices exchange on country alcohol policy
23 October 2023

SAFER and RESET Alcohol initiatives are conducting a half-day workshop from 12pm to 5:30pm on Monday, October 23, 2023 to bring together partners from the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Montenegro, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Uganda.

The workshop is an opportunity for policymakers, advocates and researchers working on alcohol control policy in these low- and middle-income countries to come together and share best practices and lessons learned with one another. Our goal is to continue this platform for countries sharing beyond GAPC and expand it for other interested countries.

We welcome any GAPC participants from the above countries.

If you are interested to join, please contact Number of participants is limited.

WHO/Europe: 'People before profits (OPEN MEETING)
23 October 2023

Join WHO/Europe at the Global Alcohol Policy Conference in South Africa for the side event 'People before profits: protecting public health interests in alcohol policy' on 23 October 2023, 9:00 – 17:00 (GMT+2). 

The side event will delve into critical discussions surrounding commercial determinants of health, industry interference and conflicts of interest in alcohol policy, looking into what it takes to prioritize public health to create SAFER and healthier communities.

Please register for the side event using the registration link below: 

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation. Hope to see you there!

FORUT Annual Consultation on Alcohol, Drugs and Development (CLOSED MEETING)
23 October 2023

FORUT is a Norwegian NGO. We work to reduce poverty and to create a fair and just world where alcohol and other harmful substances as well as poor mental health do not hinder people’s access to safety and development.

The side event is a closed meeting where representatives from all of FORUT’s partner organisations meet to learn, discuss, create campaigns and activities, and to broaden our partnership in the fight against harms from of alcohol use. The participants represent civil society organisations from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Malawi, Norway, and Sierra Leone in addition to regional alcohol and NCD policy alliances from West Africa, Southern Africa, Asia and Pacific, and Latin America.

The meeting is held in the days before and after the Global Alcohol Policy Conference in order to use the opportunity and the momentum created by GAPC. The topics discussed at the meeting will therefore relate to the topics of GAPC, especially new evidence and policy initiatives. Equally important however is to share and learn from each other given that the participants come from very different countries and contexts but all work on the same challenges posed by alcohol use, the transnational alcohol industry, and the lack of public health framing of alcohol use.

International Confederation of ATOD Research Associations (ICARA) - Advocacy Workshop & Annual General Meeting 2023
23 October 2023 

»Working together - collaboration across researchers, policymakers and practitioners towards a better alcohol policy« 

ICARA is organizing a half-day workshop on 23rd October 2023, as a side event to the Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2023. The workshop is open to members of ICARA and all interested researchers, policymakers and practitioners in the field of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, to discuss the importance of increased advocacy knowledge and skills and the role of public health professionals in setting evidence-based health promotion and prevention policy and practice.

Advocacy skills are essential for the public health researchers and practitioners to potentially influence policy and decision-making processes for better health promotion and prevention policy and practice. These skills are important especially in those public health areas where so-called “unhealthy” industries (such as alcohol, tobacco, cannabis or junk food industry) are influential and/or want to be important stakeholders in the field.

The aim of the workshop is to provide knowledge and develop/strengthen advocacy skills in the field of health promotion and prevention policy and practice, with a view to increase the competencies of experts in decision-making processes and developing policy and effective evidence-based interventions. Researchers and practitioners need to become more relevant to policymakers, and the event focuses on that aim.

The workshop will be followed by ICARA’s 2023 Annual General Meeting. Both events are open to all ICARA members and other interested participants in the field of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. 

Number of attendees is limited. 

If you would like to attend this event, please register via Google Forms here:

See more information in the promotional flyer.

25 October 2023 (12:00 – 14:00)

For the past three years, the Hlanganisa Community Fund for Social and Gender Justice, in collaboration with the Southern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance, has dedicated its efforts to empower grassroots women. Their focus has been on amplifying women's voices and addressing the connection between alcohol and intimate partner violence. During this event, we will delve into strategies to engage participants more meaningfully in policy processes, both locally and nationally. Participants will explore ways to overcome existing structural barriers that hinder women's full participation in policy dialogues. Grassroots activists and organizations will exchange insights on strategies to ensure women's inclusion in these critical discussions.

For registration, please click

Workshop on Assessing Industry Penetration and Government Response in the International Alcohol Control (IAC) Study
October, 26, 2023, 11.00 AM - 12.30 PM

Join us to learn more about the International Alcohol Control (IAC) Study at the Global Alcohol Control Conference 2023! 

📅 Date: October 26, 2023 

🕚 Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

 📍 Location: B3 - Hall 8.2, CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

For more information, view or download the Brochure 

Movendi International
27 & 28 October 2023

Movendi International is organizing a two days meeting for members of Movendi International to discuss the local and regional implementation of WHO's Global Alcohol Action Plan (GAAP) that the countries adopted in May 2022.

The Alcohol Policy Accelerator will open the space for knowledge exchange and coordination of action. Besides the GAAP, we will also focus on the alcohol industry interference when it comes to implement effective alcohol policy measures and value-based communication for alcohol policy and health promotion.

The side event will be for members of Movendi International, specifically for those who do alcohol policy advocacy on national level. If you are interested to join, please contact

Event Information

The Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) Organizers welcomes Side event's at the 2023 conference.

Through the Side Events, GAPC tries to ensure that partners have dedicated times to host meetings and invite delegates to attend these meetings. Such events allow partners to devote more time to a specific topic, project or initiative than is available during the main Conference Programme.

Side events are completely independent of the Conference programme. They are organised and funded by partners hosting the meetings.

Side events could either be a breakfast, lunch, half day or full day events before and after the conference.

If you or your organization would like to host a side event, please complete the application form and send to Mandy Salomo.   

Register online