Drug resistance

Draft Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance

At the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly in May 2014, the World Health Organization was requested to develop a draft global action plan to combat antimicrobial resistance, to be submitted to the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015.

Development of the action plan
The WHO Secretariat will lead the development of a draft global action plan that reflects the commitment, perspectives and roles of all relevant stakeholders, and in which everyone has clear and shared ownership and responsibilities. Development of this plan will be guided by the advise of countries and key stakeholders.
The draft action plan will be based on several multi-stakeholder consultations at different global and regional fora. These include:

  • September 2013: 1st Meeting of WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (STAG-AMR) to advise the Director-General on WHO's strategic plan and priority activities to tackle AMR. (See related links)
  • April 2014: 2nd Meeting of the STAG-AMR, with representatives from other organizations, to advise on the main areas of concern, priorities for action, and medium- to long-term objectives for inclusion in the draft global action plan. A 3rd STAG-AMR meeting is expected to be held in October 2014. (See related links)
  • June 2014: A Ministerial Conference on antimicrobial resistance hosted by the government of the Netherlands, with the objective to accelerate political commitment and generate contributions to the global action plan. (See related links)
  • September- October 2014: Discussion at the Regional Committee sessions.
  • October 2014: An Informal Member States Consultation to provide Member States with the opportunity to comment before submissions to Executive Board and to the Health Assembly.
  • November 2014: A consultation hosted by the government of Norway to address antimicrobial medicine use, access and quality (planned).
  • December 2014: A consultation hosted by the government of Sweden to promote the development of global surveillance capacity, systems and standards (planned).
  • Other consultations are likely to be held to address of topics or areas of concern.
  • Additional informal consultations may be held with Member States as needed.

The draft global action plan will be then presented to the Executive Board in January 2015 and finally to the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015.

Web-based consultation

To ensure that the views and contributions of all interested organizations and other groups are considered in the development of the global action plan, WHO invited contributions from all relevant organizations, institutions, networks, civil society groups, national authorities and ministries during an online consultation held between 4 July and 1 September 2014.