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Global Health
November 15, 2016

UN Leaders Commit to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance

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Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.

JAMA. 2016;316(19):1956. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.16531

World leaders from all 193 United Nations (UN) member states agreed on a political declaration to address the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) when they gathered in September for a high-level meeting on AMR at the 71st UN General Assembly held in New York.

Heads of states reaffirmed their commitments to develop national action plans that are based on the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, which was developed in 2015 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The declaration recognizes that high levels of bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal resistance to antimicrobial medicines have arisen from the inappropriate use of these drugs in human, animal, food, agriculture, and aquaculture settings.

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