The PLOS Medicine Editors Clare Garvey, Thomas McBride, Linda Nevin et al.
PLoS Med 13(9): e1002130 (2016)
Some health crises appear suddenly and require swift assessments and strong responses; others come into focus more slowly and are striking in their complexity and intractability. The United Nations (UN) has previously convened high-level meetings and special sessions to focus specifically on health issues on only three occasions: to address the threats posed by HIV, noncommunicable diseases, and Ebola. On September 21st, the UN General Assembly convenes in New York, United States, for a fourth time to tackle a looming and seemingly inevitable global challenge with the potential to threaten the health and wellbeing of all people: antimicrobial resistance (AMR).