U.N. commits to act on antimicrobial resistance

World leaders agreed to develop national action plans on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at the meeting of the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly. Member nations committed to mobilize resources to implement programs in line with the 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) global action plan, among other actions. The U.N. declaration calls on the WHO, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Organization for Animal Health to help coordinate these efforts and support countries in developing and implementing AMR action plans. Although the declaration did not include specific targets for reduced use of antibiotics, the groups will report back to the U.N. in 2018 on the progress made in fulfilling the goals of the declaration.