Building on the successes of the 2017 Call to Action on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) event in Berlin, the Governments of Ghana, Thailand and the United Kingdom, with the World Bank, the UN Foundation and the Wellcome Trust hosted the second Call to Action, by encouraging high level political dialogue and multi-sectoral collaboration.
The event was held in Accra, Ghana, from November 19th to 20th ,2018, and brought together global representatives from governments, civil society, human and veterinary health professions, academia, and the private sector, across all regions of the world, who have a role to play in building and sustaining the pace of action to tackle AMR.
The event focused on three main objectives:
1. Promoting pioneers – sessions to inspire national and global policy makers about what can be achieved through successful Nation Action Plan implementation, showcasing the best examples of existing initiatives from around the world.
2. Creating and sustaining global and national action – deep-dive sessions to explore how to strengthen engagement and collaboration across governments, civil society and private sector
3. Informing the processes and deliverables of the Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) – supporting the work of this vital process as it prepares to report back to the UN Secretary General during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.
In light of its considerable experience and expertise in this field, WFO was invited to participate as a panel member in the breakout session on environmental contamination, within the conference “Role of Private Sector and Civil Society as Agents of Change Call to Action”.
Mr. Nelson Godfried Agyemang, CEO of the WFO Member Organization COFAG – Coalition for Farmers Ghana, attended the event bringing into the discussion farmers’ perspective in ensuring responsible use of antimicrobials throughout the food chain.