C. Nordin Van Gansberghe, Senior Advisor: Nordic Council of Ministers’ meeting hosts high-level seminar on antimicrobial resistance in a OneHealth perspective

Svensk publik 27 juni 17

At the end of June 2017, Norway, as host for the meeting of the Nordic Council of Ministers, arranged a seminar on AMR with high-level attendance. The conclusions of the seminar were presented to the Nordic ministers for fisheries and aquaculture, agriculture, food and forestry at their ministerial meeting on Wednesday 28 June. Sweden was strongly represented at the seminar, both as presenters and delegates, once again showing our strong commitment. The meeting underlined that we all need to better fulfil our obligations to promote a OneHealth approach, across political and sectoral divides. Professor Dame Sally Davies, UK, and Senior Professor Otto Cars, Sweden, both members of the UN Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance emphasised the need for implementation and delivery and asked UN member states to push work forward. Norway presented how they have managed to substantially reduce antibiotic use in fish farming through development of vaccines, bio security measures and strict regulation. Patriq Fagerstedt, Swedish Research Council, described how the Nordic countries can contribute to the Joint Programming Initiative on AMR, to which more and more countries are adhering. Showing the broad commitment to fighting AMR, the Secretary General of the Norwegian Cancer Society talked about the global campaign which they have launched under the motto “AMR – the biggest threat to cancer treatment”.

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