The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has published a lexicon of commonly used words related to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The lexicon is now available in all six official United Nations (UN) languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish—in addition to other languages.

Having a clear and precise definitions of words is important when diverse stakeholders engage in discussion, and having harmonized terminology will be helpful in collaborations to mitigate AMR.

In addition to the official UN languages, the lexicon is also available in languages spoken in countries where the “Action to support implementation of Codex AMR Texts (ACT)” project is taking place, specifically, Khmer, Korean, Mongolian, and Nepali. It will soon be available in Punjabi and Urdu as well. The aim of the ACT project is to reduce the emergence and transmission of AMR in food systems through the implementation of Codex food safety standards.