At the end of January 2019, the Ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance released its draft recommendations to ensure sustained effective global action to address antimicrobial resistance, as required by its mandate.
Prior to finalizing the report to be submitted to the UN Secretary-General by April 2019, IACG has engaged with Member States, United Nations organizations, non-governmental and civil society organizations, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations, academic institutions and interested individuals, through web-based discussions and other events, to obtain stakeholders’ input on the draft recommendations and help ensure that they address key needs in the response to antimicrobial resistance.
This process will greatly determine the strategic directions of global response to antimicrobial resistance and as representative of the farming community worldwide, WFO didn’t stand by but took part in the debate providing a feedback on the draft IACG recommendations as well as featuring the several events IACG organized to raise awareness on its report.
On February 5th, the WFO Secretary General, Arianna Giuliodori, joined the event “Briefing of the Permanent Representatives on the work of the ad hoc UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG)” hosted by FAO, having the chance to bring into the discussion the farmers’ perspective on AMR so expressing considerations from WFO Farmers on the draft recommendations.
On February 7th, Peter Benjamin Purcell-Gilpin of WFO Member Organisation CFU - Commercial Farmers Union of Zimbabwe attended, on behalf of the WFO Working Group on Livestock, the event “Shaping the Future Agenda on Antimicrobial Resistance: A discussion with the private sector on draft recommendations of the Ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance”, organized by IACG in collaboration with Wellcome Trust.
A similar discussion with private sector stakeholders took place, in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation and Business Council for the United Nations (BCUN), on February 27th in New York City and Gary Wertish, member of NFU’s Board of Directors as well as facilitator of the WFO Working Group on Livestock, joined the discussion as representative of the farming community worldwide.