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Speech at UNGA AMR Political Side Event

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New York, 20 September 2016.

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Thanks Sally, and a very good afternoon, ladies & gentlemen.

It's great to be here. And very heartening.

The launch of the Alliance of Champions in Geneva, in 2015, when we issued a call for a high level meeting at the UN almost seems like yesterday.

Yet in 2016 alone this is my 3rd trip to New York for AMR.

And this event: the list of sponsor nations, & the participants clearly show just how far the awareness, the wider movement, & the initiatives have come.

And tomorrow... we have the 1st UN High Level Meeting on AMR.

Things don't usually move so fast. But all of us here know they must move fast. We still haven't yet started to catch up with AMR, let alone to get ahead.

So we at the High Level, at the UN, and beyond, must show real leadership.

We ministers must engage with all our international colleagues, to inform, motivate, and encourage as fully as the speakers here are doing today. And with our cabinet colleagues back home.
This must involve them all. As AMR will affect and involve them all more, perhaps, than they know yet , or understand.

Funding is key, obviously. But all humans need effective antibiotics, - and I believe even Minsters of Finance are human...

Of course, this not just about one government, or one public-private partnership - let alone just one UN High Level Meeting.

A One Health approach will take the understanding, commitment, and ongoing work of all of us:

in government, in business, in academia, and in civil society.
All of us.

Across all sectors, and across all borders.

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It was Edmund Burke, of course, who rightly said: All it takes for evil to triumph is for the good man – or woman – to do nothing. I believe we have good women & men here today. Dedicated, committed, men & women.

Tomorrow, & beyond, in our work, back home, & worldwide we – & future generations – need many more such women & men in the fight against AMR.

Who will need the full support of our leadership, institutions, and open minds.

We must keep up this momentum, in this, and in the wider & greater partnerships and alliances beating AMR will take.

We have to do this, ladies & gentlemen.

And we can do this.

As even just this last year, & this event, show.

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So even if it does seem like yesterday when 12 of us in the new "Alliance of Champions" were squeezed by a photographer into a stairwell in Geneva in 2015,

this, is New York and 2016.

And as all of us now here have a lot to be proud of - as well as a lot to do,
I would like to invite all my fellow ministers, & Sally, Jim, and David onstage for a new group photo.

Thank you!

 

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.