Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

WHO - EB 148 - EU Statement: Item 9. Antimicrobial Resistance EU Statement

Geneva, 27/01/2021 - 11:23, UNIQUE ID: 210127_8
Statements on behalf of the EU

Thank you Chair,

I deliver the statement on behalf of the EU and its Member States.

The Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia[1], Montenegro* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Armenia align themselves with this statement.

The EU thanks WHO for the continued work on Antimicrobial Resistance, and welcomes the progress made to achieve the 5 objectives of the Global Action Plan especially during the challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AMR is and remains an urgent issue, also in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Inevitably, the pandemic has led to increased misuse use of antimicrobials and has had a negative impact on the implementation of AMR National Action Plans in many countries.

At the same time the EU notes that the pandemic has also increased awareness for topics like infection prevention, the development and availability of vaccines, diagnostic tests and new drugs, the role of the environment and the One Health approach. All these topics are key elements to tackle AMR. The EU advocates for using the increased awareness as an opportunity to reinforce the fight against AMR.

We welcome the establishment of the AMR Multi Partner Trust Fund to support development and implementation of NAPs in Low and Middle Income Countries and the establishment of the Global Leadership Group on AMR to strengthen accountability and global governance.

The EU appreciates that the work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission on AMR is underlined in the report from the Secretariat and recognises that active involvement of ministries of health is crucial to ensure that public health objectives are properly considered and reflected in the Codex work.

Nevertheless, the EU is concerned that the Secretariat report is only referring to one of the two documents of the Ad hoc Task Force AMR of Codex Alimentarius - the one on revising the “Code of Practice to Minimize and Contain Foodborne AMR” - but is not mentioning the work to develop new “Guidelines on integrated monitoring and Surveillance of AMR”;

The EU would like to emphasize that as regards content and relevance for public health protection, the two documents are clearly correlating and complement each other. The “Guidelines” will provide an important tool to combine data of human and veterinary medicine, agriculture and environment origin, and practical guidance to implement One Health collaboration.

The work of the Task Force of Codex is complex as it covers, public health protection, animal and plant health aspects. A prompt, consistent and successful conclusion of the complete work of the Task Force, with a level of ambition that corresponds to the AMR threat, strictly following a One Health approach, is crucially important, in order to avoid the need to prolong the time frame of the Task Force.

The EU also welcomes the establishment of the Tripartite Joint Secretariat on AMR to ensure implementation through relevant sectors.

We welcome the close collaboration of the tripartite organisations, but highlight the need to strengthen and formalize the collaboration with UNEP in order to ensure a One Health approach.

The EU remains committed to responding to the silent pandemic of AMR.


[1] The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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