Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) http://www.livestockdialogue.org/ is a partnership of livestock sector stakeholders committed to the sustainable development of the sector. Its secretariat is lodged at FAO. The Agenda wants to build consensus on how to achieve sustainability with a wide participation from the public and private sectors, producers, research and academic institutions, NGOs, social movements and community-based organizations, and foundations.
Cecilia Nordin Van Gansberghe from the Ministry of Enterprise and innovation acted as facilitator during the GASL AMR scoping meeting 20 – 22 March, 2017, in the countryside north of Stockholm. The 20 participants came from all over the world and represented governments, technical agencies and NGOs. The focus of the meeting was to “Refine, Reduce and Rethink” the use of antibiotics with the aim to reduce the resistance and the role for multistakeholder partnerships in this work. The meeting came up with elements for a concept document on how GASL can positively contribute to the global reduction in the use of antibiotics and the concomitant resistance. This concept document was discussed for endorsement at the 7th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting, which took place 8-12 May 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Among the conclusions were the facts that farmers must be able to gain economically from the change to using less antibiotics, that the approach must be OneHealth, i.e. human and animal health taken in conjunction with environmental factors and the importance of finding alternatives to antibiotics.
On 12 May 2017, the participants in the 7th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership meeting of the GASL endorsed the concept document.
Cecilia Nordin Van Gansberghe, senior advisor, Ministry of Enterprise and innovation
Professor Ulf Magnusson, SLU, addressing the scoping meeting. Photo: C. Nordin Van Gansberghe