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Join ReAct Stockholm+50 associated event! Global AMR response – What needs to be done?

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You are welcome to join the Stockholm+50 event hosted by ReAct, The Nordic Council of Ministers and Stockholm Environmental Institute.

The silent antimicrobial resistance pandemic urges a concerted global response – but what needs to be done?

Photo: Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash


Time and date

Wednesday June 1st from 14:00 to 15:30 (CEST)


Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm


Registration is mandatory. It will also be possible to follow the seminar online if you are not present in Stockholm.


  • Sabiha Essack, Professor, International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (South Africa)
  • Frank Møller Aarestrup, Professor, DTU Orbit
  • Edgar Brun, Unit Director, Norwegian Veterinary Institute
  • Andrea Caputo, PhD, Global Health Advisor, ReAct – Action on antibiotic resistance
  • Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health at Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
  • Junxia Song, Senior Animal Health Officer, FAO AMR focal point, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Sunita Narain, Director General of Center for Science and Environment (CSE); Editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth

Moderator:  Maria Teresa Bejarano, Professor at Karolinska Institute and Senior Research Advisor at Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida

All speakers will be physically present in Stockholm, except for Sabiha Essack.

Misuse of antibiotics

The repeated misuse of antibiotics has triggered a silent antimicrobial resistance pandemic, currently threatening global health. The wide range of drug-resistant infections is leading to increased mortality, and a recent Lancet study estimates that 1.27 million deaths are every year attributable to antibiotic resistance, with low- and middle-income countries worst affected. Tackling antimicrobial resistance will be crucial in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Concerted One Health response to the pandemic

It is vital to take a One Health approach for a concerted response to the antimicrobial resistance pandemic, and to understand the role that food, agriculture, and the environmental sectors play. As for COVID-19, new pathogens arise between the human-animal interface, hence the need to strengthen global health systems, including monitoring and surveillance of the environment. Improving infection, prevention and control capacity, ensuring equal access to medical countermeasures, and reinforcing global preparedness are just a few of the learnings the world has gained from the ongoing pandemic.

Event: limitations and opportunities to address AMR

This Stockholm+50 associated event seeks to identify limitations and opportunities within the current global antimicrobial resistance response and asks:

  • How can we implement the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to effectively contain antimicrobial resistance development and spreading?
  • How do we scale up action for a global concerted One Health response to the antimicrobial resistance pandemic?


The Nordic Council of Ministers, Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI) at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance

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