Tripartite Joint Secretariat on Antimicrobial Resistance
Your Excellency Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados,
Excellencies, Director-Generals from sister agencies UNEP, FAO, OIE, dear colleagues and friends,
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening.
First, I would like to thank the co-chairs of the One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, Prime Minister Hasina and Prime Minister Mottley, and my special thanks to Prime Minister Mottley for chairing this inaugural meeting.
I would like to thank all of those who are attending today, as well as those were unable to attend but who have shared video messages.
And my greetings to our partners in the Tripartite, Director-General Qu Dongyu from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and Director-General Monique Eloit from the World Organization for Animal Health, as well as Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.
Following the recommendations of the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, we have come together to advocate for urgent action to combat the threat of AMR, to reinvigorate global political momentum, and to catalyze action in a multisectoral, One Health approach.
It is critical that our discussions are followed up in countries and lead to real results. As COVID-19 has so harshly demonstrated, the world cannot afford another global crisis.
We must act, and we must act together.
That means we need political leaders, the private sector and civil society working together, first to address the drivers of AMR.
But second, we also need a coordinated approach to increase investment across the One Health spectrum in implementation of national action plans, and in research and development.
Political leadership is critical, which is why this group is so important.
Of course, this is not a task for the health sector alone. AMR is a problem for humans, animals, economic productivity, and the environment. The solutions, too, must span these sectors.
My sister Prime Minister Mottley often refers to AMR as a slow-motion pandemic. Whatever its speed, we have no time to waste. We must come together to take on this global threat. It is a silent killer and that is why we must pay more attention.
Thank you once again, and I wish you a productive meeting.