IOGT International’s vision is a life for all human beings free to live up to their fullest potential, and free from harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. It’s a world of peace, democracy and justice where free and healthy citizens actively contribute in all levels of society. IOGT was founded in 1851 and currently has 143 Member Organizations from 53 countries.
As a means of attaining this vision, IOGT International promotes a lifestyle free from alcohol and other drugs. The work of IOGT International and its member organizations is built on the principles of universal fellowship and basic human and democratic rights. IOGT International believes that each individual is unique and has an infinite value. Everyone is entitled to personal freedom and is obliged to work for the improvement of the quality of life of all people. IOGT International seeks to promote democracy at all levels of society, which means that all citizens must have the opportunity to actively participate in decision-making processes and freely express their opinions.
Our community work and advocacy seek to create the conditions for all people to lead happier, healthier, richer and freer lives. This heart-driven work towards achieving change is guided by four basic principles: harnessing potential, supporting families, strengthening communities, and developing societies.
In line with these four basic principles, IOGT works with its global network of Member Organizations to prevent, reduce and curb all aspects of harm caused by alcohol and other drugs which are often obstacles to health and well-being, sustainable development, economic productivity and prosperity, and the enjoyment of human rights. As a part of the solution to alcohol and other drug problems, members of IOGT International choose to lead a life free from such substances. IOGT International, furthermore, develops comprehensive programmes that include prevention, reduction of substance use, education, communication, training, public awareness, research, and the rehabilitation of users and those they affect.
The work of IOGT International not only addresses alcohol and other drugs as obstacles to social goods, but also aims to provide a number of social goods through advocacy and community work. Specific programs include:
- Capacity building and empowerment through non-formal education
- Counselling, treatment and rehabilitation services
- Alcohol-free environments that are safe and enabling, inclusive and diverse
- Capacity building opportunities in leadership, entrepreneurship, and advocacy
- Social innovation and social entrepreneurship
- Community readiness and resilience
- Active citizenship
- IOGT International has had Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2011
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
- UN Women
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- United Nations Department for Social and Economic Affairs (UN DESA)
- Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
- NCD Alliance
- Health and Trade Network
- Treaty Alliance – Global Movement for a binding treaty
- The Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC)
- Together 2030
- European Mutual-Help Network for Alcohol-Related Problems (EMNA)
- Membership fees and donations from member organizations and individual members
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