When the Drugs Don’t Work – Antibiotic Resistance as a Global Development Problem.

A report on how antibiotic resistance is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Why is there a need to address antibiotic resistance in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals? Because antibiotics play a crucial role in many more areas of life than most people imagine. This paper focuses on the SDGs related to poverty, economic growth, inequality, health, food production and the environment, presenting concrete examples of the underlying and complex aspects of antibiotic resistance and its impacts across different SDGs. The aim of this paper is to inform and stimulate discussions on how to further advance the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, National Action plans on Antimicrobial Resistance, as well as work within all sectors that affect and are affected by antibiotic resistance.

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This paper is co-published by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and ReAct (Action on Antibiotic Resistance) at Uppsala University.

For more information, please contact Karin Abbor-Svensson, Programme Manager, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation ([email protected]) or Prof. Otto Cars, Founder and Senior Advisor, ReAct ([email protected]).