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Speech by Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström at the World Health Assembly (WHA) on Fighting AMR

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World Health Assembly (WHA), WHO.
Geneva, 24 May, 2016.

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Mister President,

My fellow Ministers, honourable delegates

Sweden aligns with the statement by the Netherlands for the EU and its Member States

Some say the 2030 Agenda is too ambitious.

As if that were a bad thing.

That the SDG's are too complex.

As if life were that simple.

Well, what the 2030 Agenda is aiming for

is simple enough.

It's a blue print for the actions we must take

for the future of humanity

And to me health

is more central to this than anything else.

 

Almost every single person on the planet

already has the ambitions of Goal 3. Ensuring healthy lives,

for all at all ages

is an ambition every single person can understand and relate to.

For themselves and for their families.

And as the Agenda clearly spells out,

This is an ambition that concerns everyone.

No one should be left behind.

No woman, no man, no single little girl or boy.

We need to ensure gender equality,

As we must ensure the health of excluded groups and minorities.

Us here accepting anything else, anything less,

is simply discrimination.

Not acting on what we know,

It is not good science,

not good sense,

not good policy.

 

We – Member States and WHO-must use the momentum of the 2030 agenda to bring a more holistic approach,

to strengthen health systems

and to build resilient societies.

And we can do so much.

 

Last year I spoke to you on AMR.

And if human health illuminates the links between the SDGs,

Then so too does AMR.

And what we Member States,

and the WHO,

can really do.

 

AMR connects - even if we don't - across sectors.

Healthcare, agriculture, economic development, travel and trade.

It knows no boundaries, no borders.

So fighting AMR

involves everything AMR itself involves.

Which shows it is only working through the WHO, and the UN,

that we can beat it.

And that it can be done.

 

Here in Geneva 2 years ago

we asked WHO to prepare a global action plan.

Here last year

194 member states adopted that action plan.

And here last year,

we launched a global Alliance of Ministers

in the fight against AMR

with the call for a High Level Meeting.

And now we have it, at UN General Assembly, in September.

Big steps in 2 years. But just steps.

A good start. But just a start.

 

To get there, to beat AMR,

we need to take strides.

Together.

We need stronger focus, leadership

and cooperation

from all of us ministers and governments.

And we need the focus, leadership, and coordination

of a stronger, better WHO.

 

Sweden is a friend of the WHO.

We believe in investing in global health,

Therefore I am pleased to announce that the Swedish Government will contribute with 10 Million Swedish kronors- approximately 1 million euro- to the contingency fund.

Time and tide never waits for anyone.

And the clock is ticking on us all.

And 2030 is less than 14 years away.

Ebola showed the world how we can fail.

AMR can show

how the drive to succeed,

means we can - and will - succeed.

 

As Madiba - Mandela – said

Everything is impossible.

Until it's done.

So in our work,

We can show,

how we can progress.

We can start to make that global ambition of health

of everyone

an ever greater reality in everyone's lives.

Their ambitions, ladies & gentlemen, must be ours.

Thank you.

Contact

Helena Paues
Press Secretary to Minister for Health care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00

Ministers on this page who have left the government

Between 3 October 2014 and 27 July 2017 he was Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport.

Ministers on this page who have left the government

Between 3 October 2014 and 27 July 2017 he was Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport.