In UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/71/3, Member States requested “the Secretary-General to establish, in consultation with WHO, FAO and OIE, an ad hoc interagency coordination group, co-chaired by the Executive Office of the Secretary General and WHO, drawing, where necessary, on expertise from relevant stakeholders, to provide practical guidance for approaches needed to ensure sustained effective global action to address AMR”.
In response to this request, the Secretary-General convened a group of experts to carry out this work on his behalf). These experts were drawn from relevant agencies and independent individuals selected for their expertise (list of members is below). This Ad Hoc Interagency Coordination Group on AMR (IACG) is co-chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General and the WHO Director-General.
The IACG will provide regular updates to the Secretary-General, through the co-chairs, on its methods of work, major issues being explored, work commissioned from other experts, planned meetings, open hearings, and publications. The IACG will seek feedback from Member States and other stakeholders about additional questions that need to be explored. The IACG is establishing subgroups on specific issues; these subgroups will report to the co-chairs.
Three co-conveners guide and facilitate the work of the group--Prof Junshi Chen, Dame Sally Davies, and Ms Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt.
By the time of the PMAC, the IACG will have held four meetings; one, at UN headquarters in New York, 2-3 May 2017, two teleconferences, on 30 June and 11 September 2017, and a face-to-face meeting at OIE headquarters in Paris, 16-17 October 2017.
The proposed closed session of the IACG at PMAC would be its fifth meeting. Meetings normally last for 1.5 days in formal session and include an informal or open session for another half day.