The 2018 G20 Health Ministerial Meeting concluded this afternoon as Winchester MP Steve Brine hailed the UK’s strong commitment to multi lateral cooperation around the world.
Our MP joined delegates of G20 member and guest countries for the meeting in the seaside city of Mar Del Plata in Argentina.
The final agreed communique recommends concrete actions to address global issues such as childhood overweight and obesity, antimicrobial resistance and countries’ preparedness to respond to epidemics, pandemics and disasters.
With respect to malnutrition, one of the priority issues of the Argentine G20 presidency, the declaration reads that it “threatens human health and development,” and has clear economic impacts. To reduce overweight and obesity in boys, girls and teenagers, health ministers and senior officials recommend improving “healthy food choices through intersectoral efforts.”
In this sense, the declaration promotes actions such as food reformulation and food and nutritional labelling, appropriate portion sizes and healthy lifestyles based on healthy diets.
The document also emphasizes the work done on antimicrobial resistance by the G20 agriculture work stream and demands addressing the issue by means of a collaborative and cross-sectoral approach.
Speaking at the close of the meeting, Steve Brine said; “This was a meeting full of energy and ideas. It was a privilege to lead the UK delegation here in Argentina and the way the UK showed such leadership on the world stage this afternoon with the AMR simulation led by our own Chief Medical Officer was quite something.
”Thank you to our hosts here in Argentina for making a successful G20. We all look forward to Japan in 2019.”
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Watch a short-film from the G20 (above)