KUWAIT, Nov 24 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti Health Minister Ahmad Al-Awadhi is set to attend the Third Global High-level Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Muscat, Oman, on 24-25 November.
Speaking to KUNA, the minister said the conference, organized by the Omani ministries of health, and agriculture, fisheries and water resources, is intended to accelerate response to antimicrobial resistance at national, regional and international levels, and to promote international cooperation.
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) poses a continued global challenge to all the gains that have been attained in the domain of human and animal health and welfare, environment, food security, safety, economic growth and development, he said.
AMR causes the death of at least 1.3 million people across the world, he lamented, underlining that national, regional and international political commitments should be honored in order to speed up the implementation of health measures aimed at curbing AMR and its health and environmental impacts.
In this context, the Kuwaiti minister called for backing the efforts of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in retreating the causes of pollution that trigger antimicrobial resistance in environment.
The UN General Assembly has decided that a high-level meeting on AMR will be held in September 2024. The Third Ministerial Conference taking place in Oman provides an opportunity to launch discussions on the content and objectives of a forthcoming UN political declaration, enabling agreement to be reached in 2024 on commitments that are as bold and specific as possible.
Co-organizers of the conference are the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). (end)