Tuesday, 9th April 2019 from 13.00 to 14.30, Sheikh Zayed Centre

A One Health Approach


About the event:

This side event will take place at the 161st FAO Council Session, Rome. The session will bring together governments and senior animal and plant health experts to participate in a dynamic one health focused discussion including how to ensure that the recommendations of the ad hoc IACG on antimicrobial resistance can be progressed internationally.

The IACG was convened by the UN Secretary-General in March 2017 in consultation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) following a call for its creation in the 2016 Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance (Resolution A/RES/71/3). The IACG’s mandate is to provide practical guidance for approaches needed to ensure sustained, effective global action to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) across the one health of human, animal and environment spectrum. The terms of reference for the IACG include to promote, plan and facilitate collaborative action, to align activities so gaps are closed, and resources are optimally utilized, to explore the feasibility of developing global goals and targets related to antimicrobial resistance across a one health spectrum, and to report back to the UN Secretary-General by the 73rd General Assembly in 2019. The IACG is composed of representatives from major United Nations and multi-sectoral agencies and a range of individuals with different areas of expertise.


  • Promote and support a One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance cutting across human, terrestrial and aquatic animal and plant health, as well as food production and the environment.
  • Discuss IACG recommendations and test feasibility of their implementation in different member state settings across humans, animals and the environment with a consolidated one health approach.
  • Build FAO’s commitment to combatting AMR threat with a focus on IACG recommendations relevant to animal and foodborne AMR.
  • Encourage collaboration between member countries on delivering an effective response to this one health threat.


  • Acknowledge the risk posed to human health, animal health and the environment by AMR and the impact that the implementation of the IACG recommendations can have in mitigating this threat.
  • Further socialise the IACG recommendations, and develop thinking around the feasibility of their implementation in different member state settings.
  • Agree that a one health approach including the leadership and commitment of FAO, OIE, WHO and UN Environment is fundamental to the success of the recommendations.
  • Understand that continued bilateral and multilateral co-operation between countries can aid the uptake of the recommendations and reduce the threat of AMR.



Opening statement
FAO’s work on the One Health approach on combating AMR.
Maria-Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director General


Introductory remarks
Dr Jens Mattsson, Director General for National Veterinary institute, Sweden


Overview of the UN Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG) recommendations
Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, United Kingdom


National actions to implement One Health approach in Ghana
Ms Phyllis Martha Klorkor Mends, Alternate Representative of Ghana to FAO


National actions to implement One Health approach in Indonesia
Mr Gustav Daud Sirait, Alternate Representative of Indonesia to FAO


Questions and Answers (Moderated by)
Mr Berhe Tekola
, FAO Director Animal Production and Health Division


Closing Remarks
Dame Sally C. Davies and Dr Jens Mattsson

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