- Hala Audi, Chief Executive Officer, UNIZIMA; Former Head of Secretariat, Review on Antimicrobial Resistance
- Juan José Gómez Camacho, Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Former Mexican Permanent Representative to the United Nations
- Javier Guzman, Director, Global Health Policy Program and Senior Policy Fellow
- Eloise Todd, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Pandemic Action Network
- Anthony McDonnell, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Global Development
In September 2016, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) that underscored the severity of the risk and called for stronger infection control and surveillance, including through improved water, sanitation, and hygiene; enhanced stewardship measures; more investment in research and development; and increased access to antimicrobials to overcome the threat. The declaration acknowledged the importance of considering the different priorities set by stakeholders around the world, though it stopped short of defining distinct roles for high-income and low- and middle-income countries in the market for antimicrobials.
This declaration was seen as a breakthrough moment that would galvanize the global response to AMR. However, six years later, AMR remains a grave and growing threat. According to recent estimates, AMR accounts for 1.27 million direct deaths each year, with a disproportionate toll in low- and middle-income countries. While many ideas have been put forward on how to develop and implement new mechanisms to procure antibiotics in high-income countries, there’s a long way to go—especially to address antimicrobial access, stewardship, and innovation in low- and middle-income countries.
Join the Center for Global Development for a conversation to reflect on the progress that’s been made since the UN declaration in 2016 as well as the path forward. Speakers will discuss the successes and limitations of this agreement, current priorities for the global response, and strategies to move from international consensus to policy action to fulfil the original goal of the UN declaration: tackling AMR.