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Call for actionable steps in response to the rising threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

by Public Health Update

The Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform Action Group on the High-Level Meeting urges the United Nations Members to seize the opportunity of the 2024 United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AMR to reinvigorate progress on addressing AMR using a One Health approach. It further calls on the High Level Meeting to agree on actionable and measurable steps to ensure a healthier, more sustainable and resilient present and future in which antimicrobials are preserved as critical lifesaving medicines equally accessible to everyone everywhere. In this regard, the undersigned organizations advocate UN Member States to include the outcome of their discussion in the negotiations on the 2024 Declaration on AMR:

  1. Enhance One Health collaboration on AMR through effective cross-sectoral, transparent, inclusive, multilateral, multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder coordination, communication and follow-through.
  2. Accelerate the implementation of AMR National Action Plans (NAPs), building on country context, capacity and capabilities.
  3. Strengthen capacity for AMR efforts by mobilizing sustainable financing for research, infrastructure and AMR NAPs implementation.
  4. Strengthen health systems through comprehensive primary and secondary prevention strategies, such as infection prevention and control (IPC), stewardship programmes, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), vaccination, early diagnosis and prompt treatment and environmental management of air, water, soil, food and vectors for better human, animal and environmental health.
  5. Better leverage preventive measures such as vaccination by expanding the evidence base on their impact against AMR, developing mechanisms to increase access and utilization of existing vaccines, improving regulatory pathways, facilitating market authorization and distributing products across sectors and countries.
  6. Strengthen sector-specific AMR and antimicrobial use (AMU) surveillance, building towards integrated surveillance for evidence-based action to reduce the risk and impact of AMR.
  7. Transform agrifood systems to significantly reduce AMU while optimizing animal health and welfare.
  8. Ensure universal, equitable, affordable and sustainable access, including in rural areas, to quality essential medicines, vaccines and diagnostics for humans and animals.
  9. Encourage high-income countries and other stakeholders to commit to taking an end-toend approach to sustainable antimicrobial research and development (R&D), including by increasing public investment in push and pull incentives to catalyse the global R&D efforts necessary to deliver new treatments and tools that target global priority pathogens.
  10. Prevent and address the drivers, sources and challenges of the environmental dimensions of AMR.

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Public Health Update (Public Health Initiative) is also a member of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform).

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