AMR Stakeholder Profile
Focus area/active in: Human Health | Animal Health | One Health | Therapeutics | Diagnostics
Company/Organisation type: Government | Development Agency | Public organisation
The UK, a key global player in the global fight against antimicrobial resistance, is the largest core voluntary contributor to the WHO. The UK Government has invested more than £360m in R&D to tackle antimicrobial resistance and has a selection of government bodies that will be contributing to and represented at this year’s AMR virtual conference. These include:
The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is the specialist Government department that helps UK-based companies access overseas markets, providing confidential advice and support necessary to assist companies in achieving their export goals.
It also helps overseas companies bring their high-level investment to the UK, providing professional, personalised and practical assistance and advice.
These services are offered through DIT’s extensive network of sector and market specialists both in the UK and in British embassies and diplomatic offices around the world.
The UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) promotes and facilitates international collaboration in research and innovation. Science and Innovation is at the heart of the UK government’s strategy for promoting sustainable economic growth. There are around 100 SIN officers based in embassies or consulates in over 40 countries around the world. SIN runs activities to facilitate research collaboration between UK and Swiss universities, research institutions and public-private sector counterparts; jointly exploring access to national or European funding opportunities and leveraging resources. The network can also help UK research performing companies strengthen their capacity to innovate, by facilitating R&D partnership meetings and organising visits to benchmark or access Swiss knowledge and technologies. SIN encourages dialogue on Education, Research and Innovation between Swiss and UK policy makers and key players, looking at best practice in emerging science and technology, removing barriers to adoption and creating the right framework for innovation.
The UK Department of Health and Social Care is the lead department for the UK’s 5-Year National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and the 20-Year Vision to have AMR contained and controlled by 2040. The Department is working with partners across the government’s health family to test a ‘subscription’ style model that pays pharmaceutical companies upfront for access to drugs based on their usefulness to the National Health Service. The Department’s Global Health Security team takes international action on AMR through diplomacy and official development assistance (ODA)-funded programmatic work, working closely with Professor Dame Sally Davies, the UK Special Envoy on AMR. Our ODA programmes include the £265 million Fleming Fund to build surveillance capacity in LMICs and the £50 million Global AMR Innovation Fund for neglected areas of AMR research and development. Our diplomatic efforts help to raise AMR in the public and political consciousness globally, including through the G7, G20 and the United Nations.
We engage with every country or organisation that is a member of, or an observer to, an international body where we are also members or observers. We focus on UK participation in international organisations and therefore don’t provide consular or visa services. Geneva is host to a vast range of UN bodies, agencies and programmes, as well as the World Trade Organization. Other important non-UN organisations such as the International Organisation for Migration, the Conference on Disarmament and the International Committee of the Red Cross are headquartered in Geneva. Many NGOs, faith groups and private sector organisations play an important advocacy role throughout the system. We work with these partners on a daily basis to ensure that UK interests and views are taken into account. This includes representing the UK in negotiations. The UK is a major supporter of the multilateral system in Geneva, with total funding commitments of approximately £2 billion per year.
The British Embassy in Berne maintains and develops relations between the UK and Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Our teams work together to maximise the potential of the relationship between the UK and Switzerland in support of British citizens and businesses. Our work covers a range of issues including trade, investment and financial co-operation. We also focus on science and innovation work as science helps deliver robust policies, grows our economy and ensures we are prepared for and respond to global challenges (including AMR) as well as emergencies. Through our public affairs team we offer a wide range of information services to the general public, schools, universities, government departments and the media. We provide full consular, nationality and notarial services for the whole of Switzerland and provide an emergency travel document service. We also represent the UK’s interests in Liechtenstein.
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