Petition to WOCAD
Sign WOCAD's petition for a Global Convention on Alcohol Control
Support WOCAD's petition for a Global Convention on Alcohol Control to halve alcohol consumption by 2025. We demand that Sweden’s government resumes leadership of public health-based alcohol policy and that the government works both in Europe and internationally for a Global Convention on Alcohol Control. ABOUT THE PETITION Globally, 3.3 million people die every year in an alcohol-related death (1 person every 10 seconds) according to WHO in 2014. Hundreds of thousands fall ill with cancer. Alcohol also causes harm and misfortune for relatives and other people around the drinker. Alcohol is the sole cause of about 25 chronic diseases and contributes to at least 200 diseases, according to the Public Health Agency in Sweden. The aggressive marketing of alcohol is increasingly targeted to girls and women. Given what we all know today, it is time to work for a Global Convention on Alcohol Control to reduce the alcohol-related disease burden. It is possible to do this! Researchers at the Swedish conference “Agenda 2015” brought up the need for an alcohol convention. In order for something to happen WOCAD started a petition in support of a Global Convention on Alcohol Control to halve alcohol consumption by 2025. We demand that Sweden’s government resumes leadership of public health-based alcohol policy and that the government works both in Europe and internationally for a Global Convention on Alcohol Control. At the EU level there was no current alcohol strategy 2015 and Sweden might end up without a strategy at the end of the year (before the new strategy would be decided on in the beginning of 2016.) Sweden has taken the lead before! The WHO global alcohol strategy was adopted in 2010, after 5 years of pressure mostly from the Swedish government. 193 WHO Member States agreed on it. The strategy is toothless if the Member States are not interested in it. A Global Convention on Alcohol Control needs a measurable goal: to halve alcohol consumption by 2025. There was a specific goal before, when WHO conducted alcohol/health issues, a 25% reduction in alcohol consumption by 2000. It is worth noting that all the Nordic countries have endorsed that goal. During the 1990’s the work towards the goal lessened - but there is no reason not to pick up where it stopped and continue working! With the help of a global Convention on Alcohol, the same control can be achieved in the alcohol field as currently exists for tobacco. The Tobacco Convention allows for us to phase out smoking by 2025 – it is believed that by then about 5% of the population in Sweden will smoke. Therefore it is not a question of banning production, sale, possession or use of tobacco. Support WOCAD’s demand that the Swedish government should work for a Global Convention on Alcohol Control, with the specific goal to halve alcohol consumption by 2025! In Sweden, this would mean a reduction from 9.4 to 4.7 liters of alcohol per person (over the age of 15) over the next 10 years. For more information, please contact: Leena Haraké, General Manager, WOCAD,+468101051 firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Barack Obama, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Latino Caucus
Ask President Obama & Jeh Johnson to extend TPS for Nat'ls of Guinea Liberia Sierra Leone.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that allows nationals of EBOLA affected countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, to remain in the United States for 18 months, and receive an Employment Authorization Document to lawfully work in the United States from November 21, 2014 to May 21, 2016. The government is yet to mail out renewal reminder, which is usually done 60 to 100 days in advance. Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on TPS will go out of status if their TPS is not extended/renewed. This means nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on TPS could be arrested, detained and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Previously, the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared the three West African countries EBOLA free at least three times, only to see the deadly virus resurface again. On January 14, 2016, WHO declares again the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and says all known chains of transmission have been stopped in the West African Country. But the Organization says the job is not over, “more flare-ups are expected.” All three countries are still in the heightened surveillance period to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people. This period is designed by the WHO to ensure no hidden chains of transmission have been missed and to detect any new flare-ups of the disease. It is not yet safe for nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on TPS to return back to their countries. EBOLA is still a threat today. Please tell President Obama, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Leon Rodriguez to extend TPS for nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Please sign this petition and share with your friends.