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World leaders be part of forces to battle the accelerating disaster of antimicrobial resistance

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The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO) immediately launched the brand new One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Group members embody heads of presidency, authorities ministers, leaders from non-public sector and civil society. The group is co-chaired by their Excellencies Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, and Sheikh Hasina Wazed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh. 

The full record of the members of the One Health Global Leaders Group is accessible right here.

The group will harness the management and affect of those world-renowned figures to catalyze international consideration and motion to protect antimicrobial medicines and avert the disastrous penalties of antimicrobial resistance.

The Tripartite organizations launched the group throughout World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020 (18-24 November), as a part of their shared name for united motion to protect and defend antimicrobial medicines. The group was created in response to a advice from the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance and supported by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The Directors General described the fast rise of antimicrobial resistance as one of many world’s most pressing threats to human, animal, plant and environmental well being – endangering meals safety, worldwide commerce, financial improvement and undermining progress in direction of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Antimicrobial resistance additionally results in elevated well being care prices, hospital admissions, remedy failure, extreme sickness and death. 

Preventing probably the most extreme outcomes of antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is making many infections more durable to deal with worldwide. WHO’s newest reporting exhibits that the world is operating out of efficient remedies for a number of frequent infections.

“Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest health challenges of our time, and we cannot leave it for our children to solve,” stated Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Now is the time to forge new, cross-sector partnerships that will protect the medicines we have and revitalize the pipeline for new ones.” 

A typical agenda throughout human, animal and plant well being

Misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in people, animals and agriculture are the principle drivers of antimicrobial resistance. Resistant micro-organisms can unfold between people, animals or the setting, and the antimicrobial medicines used to deal with varied infectious ailments in animals and people are sometimes the identical.

“No single sector can solve this problem alone,” stated QU Dongyu, Director-General of FAO. “Collective action is required to address the threat of antimicrobial resistance – across different economic sectors and country borders.”

Elevating political management for good governance

The group will present political management to deal with this important international problem.

It will elevate the necessity to prioritize greatest practices to deal with antimicrobial resistance at international, regional, and nationwide ranges. And it’s going to advise and advocate for  the event and implementation of polices and laws to manipulate the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of high quality antimicrobial medicine throughout all sectors.

“Antimicrobial resistance is a current problem affecting  animal health, human health, and the environment, we need to act today to protect their efficacy,” stated Dr Monique Eloit, Director General of OIE. “I am confident that this group will advocate powerfully to implement legislation and mobilize key stakeholders to change antimicrobial use practices to protect our collective health and welfare.”

More info on the work of the Tripartite (FAO/OIE/WHO) is accessible right here.

For extra info on World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, go to WHO’s marketing campaign web page. A full calendar of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week occasions will be discovered right here.

Note to Editors:

The Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance was convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations after the UN High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance in 2017 following the request of the 2016 Political Declaration of the High Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance contained in decision A/RES/71/3. The IACG introduced collectively companions throughout the UN, worldwide organizations and people with experience throughout human, animal and plant well being, in addition to the meals, animal feed, commerce, improvement and setting sectors, to formulate a blueprint for the battle towards antimicrobial resistance. The Secretariat for the IACG was supplied by WHO, with contributions from FAO and OIE. The IACG accomplished its mandate on 29 April 2019 upon the handover of its report back to the UN Secretary-General.

The World Health Organization

The World Health Organization gives international management in public well being inside the United Nations system. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, throughout six areas and from greater than 150 places of work, to advertise well being, maintain the world protected and serve the weak. Our objectives for 2019-2023 are to make sure that a billion extra individuals have common well being protection, to guard a billion extra individuals from well being emergencies, and to offer an extra billion individuals with higher well being and well-being.

The Food and Agriculture Organization

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialised company of the United Nations that leads worldwide efforts to defeat starvation. Our objective is to realize meals safety for all and be sure that individuals have common entry to sufficient high-quality meals to guide lively, wholesome lives. We consider that everybody can play an element in ending starvation.

The World Organisation for Animal Health

The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation accountable for enhancing animal well being worldwide. Founded in 1924, it’s recognised as a reference organisation for worldwide requirements regarding animal well being and zoonoses by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and has a complete of 182 Member Countries. The OIE maintains everlasting relations with worldwide and regional organisations and has Regional and Sub-regional Offices on each continent.

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