From the grass-root level, working for better networking and informed policies.
NordAN was established in September 2000 as a network of non-governmental, voluntary organisations who all worked to reduce the consumption of alcohol and other drugs and who supported evidence-based alcohol and drug policy and who did not receive contributions from the commercial alcohol industry.
Acting on these principles NordAN today has grown to have 80 non-governmental, voluntary member organisations in all the eight Nordic and Baltic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden), all active in the alcohol and drug field.
Lauri Beekmann is the executive director of NordAN. For years he was a board member and a vice-president of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance Eurocare.
He is working from his home country Estonia, where he also leads the Estonian Temperance Union, the oldest organisation in Estonia working with alcohol issues since 1922.
He has worked with alcohol policy since 2003.