UN Creates Interagency Group on AMR

The international political commitment to combat AMR was secured through a high level meeting at the United Nations General Assembly on 21 September, 2016. Shortly after, the Political Declaration of the high level meeting of the General Assembly was enunciated. This declaration, adopted under the resolution A/RES/71/3 raises, in paragraph 15, the following request:

Request the Secretary-General to establish, in consultation with the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Organization for Animal Health, an ad hoc inter-agency coordination group, co-chaired by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and the World Health Organization, drawing, where necessary, on expertise from relevant stakeholders, to provide practical guidance for approaches needed to ensure sustained effective global action to address antimicrobial resistance, and also request the Secretary-General to submit for consideration by Member States by the seventy-third session of the General Assembly a report on the implementation of the present declaration and on further developments and recommendations emanating from the ad hoc inter-agency coordination group, including on options to improve coordination, taking into account the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance.

In response to this, the UN has constituted the requested Interagency Coordination Group.

This is a welcome step as it promises a more thorough integration of the three sectors and, hopefully, over time, will initiate an actual adoption of the One Health approach to contain AMR globally.

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