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UN group assigns ICMR head Soumya Swaminathan to work on fight against antimicrobial resistance


ICMR Director Dr Soumya Swaminathan has been named to the ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance

By Team ABLE

The Indian Council of Medical Research Director Soumya Swaminathan, 57, has been named to a high-level group set up by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to provide expertise on and coordinate the global fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Swaminathan has been named to the ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan.

Last September, UN Member States adopted the Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance that contained a request for the UN Secretary-General to establish such a body.

The group comprises high level representatives of relevant UN agencies, other international organizations, and individual experts across different sectors, including animal health, agriculture, environment, and others.

The objective of the group will be to provide practical guidance for approaches needed to ensure sustained effective global action to address antimicrobial resistance, including options to improve coordination, taking into account the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance.

The group is expected to convene its first meeting within the next few weeks and will produce a report to the Secretary-General for the 73rd session of General Assembly. (Source: PTI)