GA / ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE

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For the first time world leaders committed to taking a broad, coordinated approach to address the root causes of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which happens when bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi develop resistance against medicines that were previously able to cure them. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters
2. Wide shot, #UNGA sign
3. Wide shot, dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Antimicrobial resistance poses a fundamental, long-term threat to human health, sustainable food production and development. It is not that it may happen in the future. It is a very present reality -- in all parts of the world, in developing and developed countries; in rural and urban areas; in hospitals; on farms and in communities. We are losing our ability to protect both people and animals from life-threatening infections.”
5. Zoom out, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“These trends are undermining hard-won achievements under the Millennium Development Goals, including against HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and the survival of mothers and children. If we fail to address this problem quickly and comprehensively, antimicrobial resistance will make providing high quality universal health coverage more difficult, if not impossible. It will undermine sustainable food production. And it will put the Sustainable Development Goals in jeopardy.”
7. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Monique Eloit, Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE):
“If we do not act now, protecting not only human health, but also animal health and welfare, food safety and food security, this may become tremendously difficult. However, the situation is not yet inevitable. Here in this room we all know how prudent use and good practices could decrease the risk of anti-microbial resistance development. We all know that alternatives exixt and are only waiting to be developed.”
9. SOUNDUP (English) Peter Thomson, President, General Assembly:
“May I take it that the High-Level Meeting approves this draft by acclamation?”
10. Wide shot, applause
11. Med shot, Eloit, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, and FAO Director-general José Graziano da Silva, at the stakeout podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Antimicrobial resistance is indeed a slow-motion tsunami for development, especially for the health sector. The imminent adoption of the political declaration on AMR by countries of the world is most welcome and most timely.”
13. Med shot, Eloit, Chan, and Graziano da Silva at the podium
14. SOUNDBITE (English) José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
“We are particularly concerned about the use of antibiotics as a preventive way on livestock and fisheries also included. So, we know that antibiotics need to be used only in a curative way and to avoid imminent infection.”
15. Med shot, Eloit, Chan, and Graziano da Silva walk away

STORYLINE:

For the first time today (21 Sep), world leaders committed to taking a broad, coordinated approach to address the root causes of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which happens when bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi develop resistance against medicines that were previously able to cure them.

Addressing a High-Level meeting on the subject, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said AMR “poses a fundamental, long-term threat to human health, sustainable food production and development.”

Ban said “we are losing our ability to protect both people and animals from life-threatening infections.”

The Secretary-General said AMR trends “are undermining hard-won achievements under the Millennium Development Goals, including against HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and the survival of mothers and children.”

If the world fails to address this problem “quickly and comprehensively, antimicrobial resistance will make providing high quality universal health coverage more difficult, if not impossible. It will undermine sustainable food production. And it will put the Sustainable Development Goals in jeopardy.”

The Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Dr Monique Eloit, said “if we do not act now, protecting not only human health, but also animal health and welfare, food safety and food security, this may become tremendously difficult.”

However, she noted, “the situation is not yet inevitable.”

She said “prudent use and good practices could decrease the risk of anti-microbial resistance development. We all know that alternatives exist and are only waiting to be developed.”

By acclamation countries reaffirmed their commitment to develop national action plans on AMR, based on the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance — the blueprint for tackling AMR developed in 2015 by the World Health Organization (WHO) in coordination with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the OIE.

Before the meeting, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said AMR is “a slow-motion tsunami for development, especially for the health sector.”

FAO Chief José Graziano da Silva said “we are particularly concerned about the use of antibiotics as a preventive way on livestock and fisheries also included. So, we know that antibiotics need to be used only in a curative way and to avoid imminent infection.”

In the declaration, countries called for better use of existing, cost-effective tools for preventing infections in humans and animals. These include immunization, safe water and sanitation, and good hygiene in hospitals and animal husbandry.
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