Geneva, Switzerland (BBN) – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a month-long online forum to give a voice to the public on how to curb harmful consumption.

The UN agency is going to take such initiative while more than two million people dying from alcohol-related causes annually.

“This web-based public hearing is broad and inclusive and will provide and opportunity for everyone, including the public, to present their views on effective strategies to reduce the burden resulting the harmful use of alcohol,” said Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General of WHO’s Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Cluster, according to a UN press statement.

Submissions can be made to the WHO website in all of the six official UN languages, and will form the documentation to be discussed during upcoming separate meetings with alcohol industry representatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), professionals and member states, the statement added.

During its World Health Assembly in May, nations asked WHO to create a global strategy to combat destructive alcohol use, and the Internet discussion will run from 3 to 31 October.

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