Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health Jakob Forssmed to attend Third Global High-level Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance
Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health Jakob Forssmed will attend the Third Global High-level Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Muscat, Oman, on 24–25 November 2022.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – particularly antibiotic resistance – has long been an important issue for Sweden, and action is being taken to prevent the spread of AMR and its effects both in Sweden and globally. As a result of successful efforts nationally, and initiatives in the EU and internationally, Sweden is now regarded as a world leader in this area.
“The issue of antimicrobial resistance is in many ways crucial to ensuring that health care services can continue to provide patients with the care they need even in the future. It’s an issue that must be taken very seriously and raised in many contexts. It’s not a coincidence, unfortunately, that AMR is sometimes called ‘the silent pandemic’. It will be an important issue for us to pursue when Sweden holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of next year,” says Mr Forssmed.
To date, two global AMR conferences have been held: in 2014 and 2019, both in the Netherlands. The first conference led to the Global Action Plan on AMR, adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2015. The second conference laid the foundations for a new financing mechanism for the implementation of multi-sectoral actions, primarily at country level. Sweden contributes to the Antimicrobial Resistance Multi-Partner Trust Fund, established in conjunction with the 2019 conference.
The UN General Assembly has decided that a high-level meeting on AMR will be held in September 2024. The Third Ministerial Conference now taking place in Oman provides an opportunity to launch discussions on the content and objectives of a forthcoming UN political declaration, enabling agreement to be reached in 2024 on commitments that are as bold and specific as possible.
Co-organisers of the conference are the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).