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G7 Health Ministers release “Berlin Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance”

In continuation of the G7 Summit in Elmau on 7 and 8 June 2015, the G7 Health Ministers discussed the health topics Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Ebola during their G7-Meeting in Berlin on 8 and 9 October 2015.

At this meeting, the Berlin Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance: A Global Union for Antibiotics Research and Development (GUARD) was agreed. The declaration recognizes antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as a serious global threat to public health that requires immediate concerted global action. The declaration officially recognizes the various threats associated with AMR, both to health and to the economy, as well as the range of actions required to address the issue. The G7 Health Ministers are also calling for a High Level Meeting on AMR in 2016 at the United Nations General Assembly to promote increased political awareness, engagement and leadership on antimicrobial resistance among Heads of States, Ministers and global leaders.