22 September 2016, PPD Secretariat, Dhaka, Bangladesh
PPD, the intergovernmental organization to promote South-South Cooperation has an observer status in United Nations. As the observer of the UN, As part of its advocacy efforts, PPD traditionally tables statements on emerging issue at the General Assembly. At the recently concluded 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, PPD tabled two statements on: a) Facilitating commitment to the ‘New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants’; and b) Promoting the global agenda for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).
Statement Addressing the Large Movement of Refugees and Migrants
PPD statement addressing the issues related to ‘Large Movement of Refugees and Migrants’ was tabled at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly on 19 September 2016. This was presented at the High Level Plenary segment of the meeting Addressing the Large Movement of Refugees and Migrants at the ECOSOC Chamber.
Executive Director Dr. Joe Thomas presented the statement on behalf of PPD. As an observer of the United Nations, PPD reaffirmed its full commitment to the spirit of the ‘New York declaration for refugees and migrants’. PPD believes in fostering strong intergovernmental efforts to promote the agenda for adoption of the global compact of safe, orderly and regular migration. PPD will facilitate the commitment within the framework of South-South Partnership through greater support for capacity building, encouraging commodity and technology transfer, policy and advocacy/dialogue, knowledge sharing, developing partnership and population diplomacy.
Statement on Antimicrobial Resistance
PPD tabled its proclamation at the High Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance held during the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly. The statement acknowledged that the political declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and the subsequent blueprint of tackling AMR within the WHO ‘global action plan on Antimicrobial Resistance’ and its five overarching strategic objectives is a landmark achievement of the global community. PPD offers its strong commitment to implement the action plans and AMR activities at the national, regional and global level with specific emphasis on South-South Partnership. In this regards, PPD urged the 71s session of the general Assembly on the implementation of this declaration to include information on steps taken to promote greater South-South partnership to address AMR.
At this high level meeting on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR), Heads of the States, Heads of Delegations and other Global leaders discussed on how to shape the international agenda using the foreign policy realm to address increasingly complex health challenges. This is the fourth time in the history of the UN that a health topic is discussed at the General Assembly (HIV, non-communicable diseases, and Ebola were the others).