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Speech at UN UNGA on AMR

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New York, 21 September 2016.

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I want everybody here to think of 10 people you care for.

10 people. Family, friends, women or men. Girls or boys. //

Because if we here do not act, by 2050 AMR will be killing 10 people, just like them every 30 seconds.

Every hour, every day, every week, month & year.

Needlessly.

The WHO, & the UN have made it clear: It is perfectly clear the threat of AMR is no longer a prediction. It is happening. Right now. In every country.

It threatens us all, And all of us must act.

Antibiotics are a right for everyone. Not for the few to abuse & misuse.

We need new antibiotics, but not for history to repeat itself.

To sustain the health & hope antibiotics gave so many in the 20th Century, common frameworks for distribution & proper use for everyone are vital now in our 21st Century.

We can only do this & win against AMR with a One Health approach.

One Health means health, agriculture, the environment and international development.

One Health must have meaning & action in our finance ministries and in foreign affairs.

Which needs leadership. Real leadership.

Leadership at this assembly & back home, from minsters to heads of state.

We must be as quick and as decisive as we want our own doctors to be:

We must implement the global action plan on AMR,

We must kick-start inter-agency coordination,

& develop our national action plans.

We must join forces, find resources, & help build capacity where needed.

To show, at this Assembly, & to the world, real progress on AMR when we report back.

This we must - & can - do.

There is no dispute or denial in the science about what is happening, or what must be done.

So no excuses for anyone, in science or civil services, in farming or pharmaceuticals.

Or us in government.

We must commit & coordinate, communicate & reach out.

Leadership from all of us in this room, in what we clearly must do,

can do,

& must start doing now.

Not inaction and a return to a medical dark age. But action for the future of medicine:

For our own, & for all humanity.

Thank you

Ministers on this page who have left the Government

Between 3 October 2014 and 27 July 2017 he was Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport.

Ministers on this page who have left the Government

Between 3 October 2014 and 27 July 2017 he was Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport.