ASOP EU and the Youth Internet Governance Forum Movement Collaborates to Raise Awareness About Fake Medicines
November 12, 2018
On 12th November 2018, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU) held the first meeting with the Youth Internet Governance Forum Movement (Youth IGFM) at the worldwide Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Paris 2018 co-hosted with UNESCO. President of France Emmanuel Macron sent a clear message for a strengthened IGF which should provide concrete policy outputs, as it serves as a multi-stakeholder forum open to all to share ideas and advance discussions on Internet governance issues.
ASOP EU and TaC-Together Against Cybercrime International, coordinator of the Youth IGF two non-profit organisations committed to work together to support the Youth IGF Movement (IGFM). The Movement was conceived during the First French Youth and Teenagers Internet governance Forum in France in 2011 at the Council of Europe to inspire young people across the world to discuss and take a lead on Internet-governance related issues.
Youth IGFM Ambassadors from six different countries, Indonesia, Haiti, Lebanon, Portugal, UK and Ukraine, met to learn about the rising tide of fake online medicines. 35,000 websites advertise and sell prescription and OTC medicines on any given day around the world and with 96% operating illegally the seriousness of the situation was underlined. Furthermore, medicines bought online may contain too much, too little or no active ingredients at all. Some even have dangerous or deadly substances like paint thinner, rat poison or fentanyl endangering life and health.
They also learnt that consumers risk economic, personal data or cybercrime when purchasing drugs from an illegal online pharmacy.
The young ambassadors collectively brainstormed and shared thoughts on how best to educate and raise awareness amongst young citizens in their respective countries. The possibility of a unified worldwide annual awareness day to speak out against fake medicines which is killing one million people per year, was one of the concrete actionable ideas to come out of the meeting.
To learn more about the Youth IGF, please go to the website www.youthigf.com