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WIPO, WHO, WTO Joint Technical Symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance

How to Foster Innovation, Access and Appropriate Use of Antibiotics?

WHO, WTO and WIPO held a joint technical symposium on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and how to foster related innovation, as well as access to and appropriate use of antibiotics.

The event served as a forum to exchange views and experiences, to discuss and better understand the global challenge of AMR, and to envisage possible ways forward.

October 25, 2016

The event was open to all and was held in English only. Download the flyer for the event PDF, Flyer.


AMR is one of the most pressing challenges for humanity. It affects all areas of health, involves many sectors and has an impact on the whole of society.

Increasing resistance threatens to roll back the achievements of modern medicine, as many medicinal procedures rely on effective antibiotics. Antibiotics, more than other medicines, can be considered a public good for which society has a collective responsibility.

Background paper: Antimicrobial resistance – a global epidemic PDF, Background paper

This Symposium was the sixth in a series of joint technical symposia convened by WHO, WIPO and WTO.  It built on the collaborative work undertaken by the three agencies to enhance capacity, including the trilateral study Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation PDF, Study Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation.

More information about the previous symposia: WHO | WIPO | WTO


The Symposium was opened by the Directors General of WIPO and WTO, and the WHO Special Representative for AMR. Hala Audi, Head of the Review Team, Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, presented the results of the recent Review on Antimicrobial Resistance.

The opening address was followed by three panel discussions.

Download the full program PDF, AMR Symposium Program


Introductory remarks and keynote speaker

Watch the video Video

Francis Gurry
WIPO Director General

Roberto Azevêdo

WTO Director General (Speech)

Keiji Fukuda

WHO Special Representative for AMR (Speech PDF, Introductory remarks by Keiji Fukuda)

Hala Audi, Keynote speaker

Head of Review Team, Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, United Kingdom (Presentation )

Panel discussions

Panel 1 – Fostering access and appropriate use

The first panel focused on new approaches to foster access and appropriate use of antibiotics. Video Video

Moderated by Ms. Suzanne Hill, Director, Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products, WHO


Evelina Tacconelli
Professor of Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany (Presentation )
Eveline Wesangula
Coordinator of the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (GARP), Kenya (Presentation )
Rob Ahern

Principal Officer of Agricultural Health and Food Safety, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Costa Rica

Panel 2 – Business models for antibiotic innovation

A second panel reviewed R&D initiatives underway and discuss challenges for, and new approaches to antibiotic innovation. Video Video

Moderated by Edward Kwakwa, Senior Director, Department for Traditional Knowledge and Global Challenges, WIPO


Jean-Pierre Paccaud
Business Development & Legal, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), WHO/DNDi Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) (Presentation )
Viviana Muñoz Tellez
Coordinator, Development, Innovation and Intellectual Property Programme, The South Centre (Presentation )
Brian Woolhouse
Head, Hospital and Acute Care Business, MSD, United States (Presentation )

Panel 3 – Trade policy in support of antimicrobial access and stewardship

A third panel analyzed the potential role of trade policy in support of antimicrobial access and stewardship. Video Video

Moderated by Mr. Hoe Lim, Director, Trade and Environment Division, WTO


Monique Eloit
Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) (Presentation )
Lucas Vinícius Sversut
Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva (Presentation )
Jørgen Schlundt
Professor of Food Science and Technology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Presentation )