News and Opinions  –  2019

Connecting global to local civil-society-agenda on AMR at convening in Geneva

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2019-06-12

Beginning June, members of the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition (ARC) and civil society allies convened in Geneva, Switzerland for a three-day conference, “Charting a Civil Society Agenda on Antimicrobial Resistance: Connecting Global to Local.”

Group photo of particpants of the ARC meeting in Geneva in June.
Participants at the civil society convening in Geneva arranged by ReAct and South Centre.

Along with South Centre and Third World Network, ReAct invited more than 30 participants representing civil society organizations across five continents to discuss key issues on antimicrobial resistance and policy steps moving forward as a coordinated civil society effort in building upon the recommendations of the UN Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG) and developing advocacy campaign strategies. Through these discussions, campaigns were designed to further the civil society agenda connecting the global to the local and providing a coordinated approach among civil society organizations.

Dr. Anthony So, Director of Strategic Policy, ReAct, remarked:

“What a remarkable bench of talent the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition has brought together. From work on innovation and access in health care to food systems, these groups are the key to mobilizing policymaker and public efforts to address antimicrobial resistance.”

Fifth annual WHO-NGO Dialogue

Group photo from the WHO NGO dialogue.
WHO-NGO dialogue in Geneva.

During this convening, ReAct, South Centre and Third World Network hosted the fifth annual WHO-NGO dialogue. It provided the opportunity for members of ARC and civil society partners to meet with WHO representatives for an open conversation around developments on AMR work within WHO, post-IACG work with Tripartite Agencies and other international organizations, and progress in the implementation of Global Action Plan and National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Antibiotic Resistance Coalition (ARC)

ARC is comprised of over 25 members and encompassing networks of:

  • consumer groups such as Health Action International,
  • social movements such as People’s Health Movement and
  • policy networks that provide thought leadership across development issues such as the Third World Network.

ARC was launched in 2014 at the World Health Assembly, and share a commitment to the principles laid out in the Antibiotic Resistance Declaration.