Antimicrobial resistance

Ad-hoc Interagency Coordination Group

Image of the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance, September 2016
WHO

On 21 September 2016, during the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Member States adopted the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance contained in Resolution A/RES/71/3. This reflected Member States’ recognition of the magnitude of this global problem and consensus about the actions needed to prevent a post-antibiotic era.

In accordance with paragraph 15 of the Political Declaration, the Secretary-General has established an ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, in consultation with the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Organisation for Animal Health. The Group is co-chaired by the UN Deputy Secretary-General and the Director General of the World Health Organization and comprises high level representatives of relevant UN agencies, other international organizations, and individual experts across different sectors.

The objective of the Group will be to provide practical guidance for approaches needed to ensure sustained effective global action to address antimicrobial resistance, including options to improve coordination, taking into account the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance. It will produce a report to the Secretary-General for the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.