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Antimicrobial resistance
G7 nations commit to tackling antimicrobial resistance

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A COMMITMENT to leadership on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) was included in the final declaration of pledges made by the leaders of the G7 nations at the conclusion of their recent summit in Japan.

During the summit, the leaders committed to taking ‘concrete actions’ for advancing global health, as set out in a ‘G7 Ise-Shima Vision for Global Health’. These actions include promoting a One Health approach to tackling cross-cutting issues of AMR in human and animal health, agriculture, food and the environment. There is also agreement to strengthen collaboration and support other countries in developing surveillance capacity for AMR and antibiotic use in people, animals, food and the environment, and to align and/or develop national surveillance systems for AMR in line with the World Health Organization's Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System.

The leaders recognised the effectiveness of antimicrobials as a global public good and committed to prioritising efforts to preserve their effectiveness through appropriate and prudent use in both people and animals. They also agreed that, while rationalising the use of antimicrobials, they would aim to ensure access to safe, effective and quality-assured antimicrobials for people and animals, including by encouraging international discussions on incentivising the pharmaceutical industry to maintain production of essential antibiotics and avoid unavailability or market withdrawals of existing antibiotics.

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