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FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

FAO regional awareness event under World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Budapest, Hungary, 10/11/2017 - 10/11/2017

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when micro-organisms – bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites – evolve resistance to antimicrobial substances, like antibiotics. The pace of AMR's spread is now on the rise due to inappropriate and excessive use of antimicrobials – in humans, animals, even in crop farming and aquaculture.

With livestock, poor hygiene or infection control practices could transform AMR into a serious global threat with serious health and economic costs.

On 10 November, FAO’s Budapest-based Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia will hold an expert discussion to present the issue and look into possible ways of minimizing the emergence and spread of AMR. The event is part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017. Partners include the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union, and other Hungarian organizations.

The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session. 


European Union's action against antimicrobial resistance
Martial Plantady, European Commission (EC), Directorate General for Health and Food Safety

Regulatory Frameworks for AMR
Carmen Bullon Caro, Legal Officer, Development Law Service, FAO Legal Office

Reducing the need for antibiotics by means of animal nutrition
Zoltan Pulay, Member of FEFAC Praesidium

OIE activities. Antimicrobial use and alternatives
Prof. Kazimieras Lukauskas, Head of Regional Representation for Europe in Moscow, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Prudent use of Antimicrobials in Sweden – Healthy Animals don´t need Antimicrobials
Elisabet Lindal, DVM, Coordinator Antimicrobial Resistance, Swedish Board of Agriculture, Department of Animal Health and Welfare

WHO global and regional activities on AMR and collaboration with partner organisations
Dr Danilo Lo Fo Wong, World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for Europe

What can different stakeholders do for the prudent use of antimicrobials in the veterinary sector?
Dr. Nemes-Terényi Melinda, National Food Chain Safety Office, Hungary